Basketry Hat

About this object

History of use

"These types of hats were always special. They weren't just used for everyday. A lot of people seem to think that Haida hats were rain hats but they had special hats for everyday use; they weren't made with the finest of roots. When you see an old hat that's got really thick paint on it, that would have been a hat that was worn out in the weather everyday. Everyday hats had a steeper brim that wasn't as flared because the wind catches them. If the hat has a smaller brim and it's steeper then it's less likely to be blown away. These hats [MOA examples] would be worn to feasts or out in public for special events. At feasts they liked to have a bigger brim because they didn't like people to watch them eat. So when they're eating they tilt their hat bands so the people can't look at them while they're eating. The dance hats were smaller brimmed, they had small brims. That was so that when they were dancing, people could see their tattoos or their painted faces," (Isabel Rorick interview with Karen Duffek, May 10, 2001, p. 10).

Physical description

Basketry hat with brim of a mixed twined weave -chevron twilled design in diagonal twined weave (also known as 'skip-stitch') against ground of plain twined weave. Crown has a three strand twined weave with top of crown being mostly in plain twined weave (i.e. 2-strand twined weave). Inner hat band: diagonal twined weave. Colours: red, green, black.