Hat by Balenciaga

Hat by Balenciaga

Hat (Textiles - Room 98, Case 3)
Central Asia
100-300 AD
Felted wool
Length 39.3 cm x width 33.5 cm
Museum no. LOAN:STEIN.678 (N.XIV.004)
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
On loan from Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India

This nifty little hat is made of felted yellow wool, resembling a seaman’s sou’wester hat. The crown comprises five gored pieces of felt stitched to a brim made up of two panels. Stein found it in a badly eroded structure which had been used as rubbish tip and extended over 16.15 meter by 15.24 meter. The hat would have been a welcome protection against the biting wind in the wintry desert.