Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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woman's hat
  • Peru
  • woman's hat, late 1800s–1969
  • Where object was made: Puno, Peru
  • wool, acrylic yarn, cotton, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 14 x 25.5 x 27.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 5 1/2 x 10 1/16 x 10 13/16 in
  • Gift of Julian Holtzman
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4916

The bright pink hat has a rounded crown and a small brim that is turned up at the edges. The entire vertical portion of the crown is covered with unbleached cotton cloth covered with yarn. There are circles with spokes in the center portion. The spokes appear to be white in all of the wheel designs, but the rest of the colors vary: dark green, white,yellow orange; purple and pink, dark pink, light green, dark green, dark blue; black, white, pink, purple; purple, light green, dark green; blue, white, orange, red; and red, white, light green, dark green, black, white, pink, dark pink, purple. The center of each wheel design is a satin-like cloth.

The triangles created between the wheels are filled in a different solid color from the list above. There are wavy lines at the top of the decorated band and a pink wavy line at the end of the brim. The separate vertical portion is used to hide the seam on the hat band, and is decorated with leaf-like designs in orange, blue, pink, green, red, and light green. There are red and white pompoms at the bottom of the vertical strip.