Hat

Woven like a basket, this salakot is hard and helmet-like, but light. The cast metallic decorations and finial indicate a man of high status wore it. The woven inner band keeps the hat in place on the wearer’s head. Today, this traditional weaving technique is used to make attaché cases and handbags.


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How did the maker of this hat achieve its nearly perfect round shape?

responded: Jul 22, 2010

Posted by Robert F. Lane

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I know of no Philippine salakot made on a mold. Some hats , western style , of buntal and pandanus varieties of fiber are molded on wooden blocks, but the salakots are on a bamboo or rattan framework that is formed in a circle and then not distorted as the weaver of the covering material is careful to evenly skive and closely weave the covering. The framework is most often bamboo core which is flexible when properly skived and prepared. The Abra salakot you picture with silver mounts is often made in a simpler version in a slightly oval shape that is for everyday use and provides adequate protection from sun and rain. The heavier core framework of bamboo is still light weight but stiff enough to provide form for the finely skived covering material.

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