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Akha Hilltribe Child's Hat, 1

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Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1980s
  • Materials: metal findings, cowrie shells, fabric, thread, seeds, embroidery thread
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Feedback: 265 reviews
  • Favorited by: 19 people

  • Vintage item from the 1980s
  • Materials: metal findings, cowrie shells, fabric, thread, seeds, embroidery thread
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Favorited by: 19 people
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This is the type of hat a child of the Akha Hilltribe might wear in Northern Thailand. The hat is basically a cylinder that has been closed at the top. The front has several layers of fabric that have been stitched on to the same background black fabric as seen in the back. This fabric is woven cotton made in small cottage industries and dyed, normally, using veggie dyes. Indigo is a favorite dye among all of the hilltribe groups. The blue fabric in this hat is a deep, dark indigo. I have two computers and one of the monitors shows the blue and a medium, bright blue. It's not. It's almost as dark as the black.

There is tiny cross-stitch embroidery across the top and the rest of the hat is decorated with natural seeds, glass beads and metal pieces. Oh, some cowrie shells, too. Hats worn by adults are much more ornate. The hat is on the big side for a child, so would fit small-headed adults, too.... But, most people buy these for display. The stand is not included.

Condition: Good.

Dimensions:
24" circumference (61 cm)
9.5" high (24 cm)


The Akha are one of several hill tribe groups in Northern Thailand. They struggle to keep their traditions in the face of bigotry and greed for their land. Do a google search for Akha people and you will find many blogs and sites that describe their life and the issues they currently face.
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