Turkmen, Central Asia. Mid-20th century

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15” circumference x 5.5” diameter x 2.5” high

Silk hand-embroidery on handwoven cloth with indigo and black threads;  tan cotton lining

Very good condition


A person’s head, especially a child’s, was considered a very vulnerable place for evil spirits to enter. Caps served as protection from these malevolent forces. Even babies wore little caps that their mothers embroidered for them.

The fact that these charming hats have survived long after the children have grown up is a testament to the family’s love.


If you are interested in this little hat and would like more information please contact Susan Meller.







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