Traditional Korean Hat, Gat
Joseon Period, circa 1900
Horsehair, bamboo slats
This distinctive cylindrical hat, which was worn by men of high social rank in Korea during the Joseon period (until 1912) has a striking transparent quality, created with a fine, open weave of strands of horse hair taken from the tail, over a bamboo framework. The wide stiff brim is made from bamboo. The crown is embellished with a family crest (?) or emblem apparently cut from paper or another material. This style of hat was only worn outdoors; it is fitted inside with a smaller, brimless “indoor” tanggun hat that is also included.
Previously in the collection of Cathryn Cootner, former Curator of Textiles at the De Young Museum, San Francisco.