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Woman's Hat, plaited fiber

1675-1725
Origin: England (worn in)
Overall diameter 22"
Unidentified plant fiber
Museum Purchase
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.
Label:Hat
Possibly Southeast Asia, probably worn in England
1675-1725
Unidentified plant fiber, later ribbon
1969-265, 1
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.