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Pashtun people Boy's cap 1930-50 Place made: Afghanistan
Materials & Technique: textiles, silk, cotton, glass beads, metallic thread, printed cotton lining; cotton, silk, metallic thread, beads, printed cotton lining; beadwork, embroidery: cross stitch, chain stitch, stem stitch, laid metallic thread couching, cross stitch ribbing, running stitch
Dimensions: inner circumference 47.0 h cm diameter 17.5 w height 11.0 h
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1985
Accession No: NGA 85.278

Headwear is an important element of traditional costume in Central Asia. Hats are worn for protection, adornment and status, with a wide range of styles and forms found across the region. The shape of this hat is among the most typical and popular. The design on this hat consists of rows of repeated geometric forms including s-spirals, crosses, chevrons and octagonal motifs [gul].

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2011
From: Asian gallery extended display label