Three-cornered turban

Three-cornered turban

Stiff papier mâché, gold and silver thread, sequins and cotton
Pune, India
About 1865
Museum no. 0363(IS)

This hat is identifiable by its flat, three-cornered shape and gold wiry loops criss-crossing it. These are traces of the rolled turban-cloth that would form a network over the original type of Maratha turban. This hat would have been worn by a boy or young man of the upper classes. This flat angular style was popular in Central India and to the east of Puna where this one orginated.