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: Mar 31, 2010

Posted by Timothy Orange

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Here are some ways in which the makers may have produced an almost perfect round shape: a) They might have used a round object to outline the shape, like a rounded stone or some sort of ball. b) They might have added an inside structure (like a ring) underneath the hat to stabilize the curves around the object. c) Bamboo is a strong material; however, with water, it is easy to bend it. In my opinion, I think they created an almost perfectly round dimension by hand without taking measuresments or using other tools to support the shape.

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