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, cotton, acrylic yarn, foil?
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 14.5 x 28.5 x 31 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 5 11/16 x 11 1/4 x 12 3/16 in
  • Gift of Julian Holtzman
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4917

The white wool hat has a rounded crown and vertical sides and a small brim with an upturned edge. The vertical portion of the crown is covered with a band of cotton cloth decorated with yarn in wheel-like designs with wavy lines around the top. Each wheel has a possibly foil center in a different color, white yarn spokes, and concentric circles in yarns of different colors. 1) blue, red-purple, light green, medium green, dark green 2) pink, dark blue, white, light green, light orange, dark orange, 3) blue, pink, light green, dark blue 4) pink, dark green, light green, dark orange, 5) blue, pink, light green, medium green, dark green, 6) pink, purple, white, light green, pink 7) blue, orange, light green, dark blue.

The areas between the wheels are filled with triangles of solid color on the top and two leaf-like shapes in two different colors on the bottom.

The wavy lines above the wheels are light blue and dark blue or pink and red. There are smaller wavy line above that in light orange, dark pink and yellow.

The vertical strip is intended to cover the seam and is decorated with leaf-like shapes in different colored yarns: red, dark blue, dark green, bright pink, bright orange and bright blue. There are two fluffy balls of wool at the bottom of the vertical strip.