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Pashtun people Nobleman's turban cap 1930-50 Place made: Afghanistan
Materials & Technique: textiles, silk, cotton, metallic thread, handloom cotton lining; quilting, embroidery: filling stitch, laid metallic thread couching, running stitch
Dimensions: inner circumference 50.0 h cm 21.5 d diameter 19.5 h
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1985
Accession No: NGA 85.286

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 a simple arrangement of diamonds forms a floral motif that is repeated in stripes of various colours.

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