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Tuesday, March 17, 2009


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That is an amazing collection, both for the implication as well as their actual past usage. ( or do you wear them from time to time?)
How do you display them? Under glass?

From a fashion point of view I have always been enamoured by the head gear the men wear in Afghanistan. Very flattering look, with the thick rolled edge between top and brim.
But these objects you have are so decorative and representative of a time when things of lasting beauty were created as a matter of course.

I thoroughly enjoyed this post of yours. It is worthy of being included in one of the fibre magazines. Is 'Fibrecraft' still going?


Joco — first, I love your picture of the sheep!

I don't actually wear the hats; most are just a bit small for me. Some are actually children's and the one with the feathers is a baby hat. But they are so wonderful.

I have displayed them just out on bookshelves and sometimes cleared out a shelf in my china cabinet so they would be behind glass. I tend to not leave them out for long periods cause I try to keep them out of the sun so they won't fade. In a way that's probably a bit silly as they were all worn and used once on a daily basis.

They are quite lovely and it is so wonderful to see things like this that are all handmade. All these cultures change and lose those skills as they modernize which is sad. It's too bad that there doesn't seem to be a way to have progress and preserve craft traditions.

Thanks for all those kind words. You are perhaps thinking of the magazine 'Fiberarts' which is still going.


Hiya Linda,

You're quick off the mark!
BTW, seeing that you stopped by: never mind the rams, but what did you think of good old Goethe??
Did you know he was such an impressive botanist and scientist? I was amazed. Talk about renaissance man, two centuries late.


Joco — I turned off the computer and went to bed before your Goethe comment arrived. I have to say that the information in your post was all new to me, but I am not surprised. Years ago I remember discovering Goethe's work in color theory and saw images (paintings, perhaps?) of the interior of his house which he had decorated himself. It was then I realized there was much more to the man than I had known.


Gorgeous. Didn't Nureyev wear hats like these?


Pamela, I believe you are correct. It seems I remember of photo of him wearing one on a recent post by House of Beauty and Culture (?).

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Reehan Ul-Haq

Hi Linda,

You have a very nice collection. I wear a kashmir hat all the time which I have now had for 9 years. I have trawled the web but can't find any where from where I can purchase another Kashmir hat or similar. Please can you tell me where on the web you bought your hats.


Herb G

Two weeks in Turkey and couldn't find a hat that both spoke to me and fit me. I prefer the flat top style that I'm told is primarily Turkmen. Can you suggest a web site or better yet a store in NYC where I might find one I like and that fits?

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