Naga Hat, Northeastern India

Naga People, Kalyo-Kengyu ethnic group, Northeastern India
Cane, orchid straw
8″ (20 cm) high by 8.25″ (21 cm) by  5.5″ (14 cm)
Early to mid-20th century

A red-dyed woven cane conical-shaped warrior’s hat has yellow orchid straw designs interwoven in typical fashion. There may have been a boar’s tusk attached to the front – please see third photo below. A very similar example can be seen on page 225 of the book The Nagas by Julien Jacobs. About 1″ of the bottom rim is missing.


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