Padded hat

Padded hat

Satin wadded with cotton
Bhuj, Kutch, India
About 1865
Museum no. 0337(IS)

Hats of this shape are frequently seen in paintings, worn by attendants and grooms. Foreigners in India were often recognisable by their domed hats and hats of this shape continued to be associated with foreign servants, such as Muslims of African extraction.