Vintage, Now Rare, Ceremonial Conical Coolie Sun Hat, Hand Beaded Minute Mosaic Motifs, Deer & Lotus Flowers, Nassa Shells, 161A2, Collected in Sumatra, 1980’s but Older. Bride Price, Currency. 21” Stand Included.nute Colorful
Rare Old Tribal Wedding Ceremonial Hand Beaded & Colorful Conical Coolie Hat, which once belonged to Sumatra royalty, Indonesia.
Collected in the 1980’s on the premises, but older.
WE ARE INCLUDING, FREE WITH THIS PURCHASE, A CUSTOM MADE HAT STAND (WITH AN HALF COCONUT HEAD PIECE TO REST THE COOLIE CONE ON). STAND IS 20 1/2" HIGH WITH A SQUARE BASE 6" X 6" AND THE COCONUT HALF HAS A 4 1/2" DIAMETER. IT USUALLY RETAILS FOR $40.00 & IS SEEN HERE ON PHOTO 15.
EXTREMELY TIME CONSUMING TO CREATE
Museum Quality. Perfect shape.
This Traditional Sumatran Wedding Coolie Sun Hat was collected on the premises in Sumatra, and was once used by well-to-do and aristocratic families during festive celebrations and dressed-up occasions.
We are showing detailed pictures of this lovely (entirely beaded by hand with a needle) hat, adorned with a tapestry of thousands of minute millimeters’ and colorful antique glass trade beads, hand beaded one by one to form beautiful intricate motifs, and hand stitched within a coolie hat frame to create a mosaic of traditional designs on the outside (with the help of a spider web network of strings as one is seen being made on some the photos), and tightly woven on the inside.
Size is 15 1/2" diameter by 10 1/2" from rim to top of conic point.
I have seen a few in the past selling for $900.00 and up, and the bead panels alone for 800.00 and up on the internet.
The pattern here displays deer, which is reserved for royalty (since deer have a part of importance in the Ramayana epics), also present are traditional motifs of sacred lotus flowers, and geometric shapes, Additional adornments of small Nassa shell borders, and beaded fringes all around the rim, complete this marvelous and unusual collectible.
It took up to 6 months to create, and now has become a rare art because the fashion has been abandoned, since they took so long to create.
In the past, a fine Kelabit lady’s hat was worth a couple of Asian water buffaloes. A beaded hat like this one, made of old and minuscule beads, hats which are no longer worn and are becoming rare, could now fetch even more if anyone was prepared to sell it.
Beads were used, not only in necklaces and bracelets, but in intense beadwork to create fine decorations. Orang Ulu baby carriers, a reed basket open on one side, used by women to carry their young infants, were embellished with such fine beadwork, with a wild boar or leopard tooth finish. Large beads and hawk’s bells were attached to the upper rim of the carrier and served to soothe the toddler with their tinkling, in addition to indicating status. The Orang Ulu believed that rank and its associated symbolism were serious considerations.
Beads have been used since time immemorial, when also teeth, bones, shells and stones were perforated and worn as ornaments. Good beads were not only valuable, they also revealed status. For example, beads were tokens of rank and value, and could attest to a future daughter-in-law’s eligibility to marry into the family.
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