I am a hat fanatic. No matter the season or the occasion, I've got the perfect thing to wear. You might call my dozens and dozens of hats a collection, though I usually don't think of them in those terms. They're just part of my wardrobe; what I wear.
Most of the examples in my collection are Tekke or Yomut hats worn by two of the sub-tribes who form the major ethnic group in Turkmenistan. I have a couple of Uzbek hats, including one with gold couching on the top.
The collection also includes three Pashtun children's hats (detail, directly below) from the Swat Valley in Pakistan. They are all done in cross-stitch embroidery with beads and other adornments including a zipper used at the bottom edging.
If you do any kind of needlework, then — like me — you'll probably agree that the inside is as interesting as the outside of these hats. Some exteriors have very geometric patterns while others are more curvilinear and organic. The colors also vary widely with some sporting bright blues and oranges while others are very muted. It's possible that those pale colors are the result of fading — it's not completely clear. Most designs use a type of chain stitch.
The textile in the background of the photos is a small Kurdish kilim rug from the Hoy area of Northwest Persia from Marla Mallett Textiles. Some of the hats pictured are from Marla, some are from Indigo in Minneapolis.