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Pair of Antique "Coolie" Hats from Indochina circa 1920

A pair of circular woven hats known as "coolie" hats because of their conical shape from Indochina circa 1920. Please enlarge the additional photographs provided and use the zoom feature to see the unusual texture of these woven hats. These hats were an essential element of protection from the sun when the wearer spent all day in the sun tending to the production of rice in vast terraced paddies. Each hat is woven from a natural fibre that is so close in the weave as to create an almost impenetrable surface to the rays of the sun. The broad diametre of each hat enabled it to extend beyond the shoulders while the elegant conical shape of the peak allowed air to circulate. The rim has a slightly rolled edge while each hat possess the slight wear expected for such a vintage item. Whether mounted upon a stand or hung directly upon a wall these are beautifully sculptural pieces in and of themselves in addition to being historical artifacts.

# ELE259B

DIMENSIONS

24.00" w x 8.00" d x 24.00" h

60.96cm w x 20.32cm d x 60.96cm h

$638.00

A pair of circular woven hats known as "coolie" hats because of their conical shape from Indochina c.1920. Please enlarge the additional photographs provided and use the zoom feature to see the unusual texture of these woven hats. These hats were an essential element of protection from the sun when the wearer spent all day in the sun tending to the production of rice in vast terraced paddies. Each hat is woven from a natural fibre that is so close in the weave as to create an almost impenetrable surface to the rays of the sun. The broad diametre of each hat enabled it to extend beyond the shoulders while the elegant conical shape of the peak allowed air to circulate. The rim has a slightly rolled edge while each hat possess the slight wear expected for such a vintage item. Whether mounted upon a stand or hing directly upon a wall these are beautifully sculptural pieces in and of themselves in addition to being historical artifacts.