Woman's Hat, plaited fiber
Origin: England (worn in)
Acc. No. 1969-265,1
Woman's natural-color fiber hat with wide brim and shallow crown. Fiber from which hat made woven in an intricate pattern of linked oval medallins enclosed in diamond lozenges which converge at center crown to form a five-pointed star. Red ribbon is later replacement.
Possibly Southeast Asia, probably worn in England
Unidentified plant fiber, later ribbon
This hat was purchased in England and is similar to one that descended in the Kennet family, Sellindge, Kent, England. Several other hats of this design have histories of being owned by British royalty. The origin of these hats is still a mystery; scholars have suggested Spain, the Canary Islands, Italy, or Bantam in Southeast Asia as possible sources. The hats reached England by the export trade.
Provenance:The hat was purchased in England. It is similar to one that descended in the Kennet family, Sellindge, Kent, England. It is possible the hat was made in Bantam, located in present-day southeast Asia, and shipped to Britain.