small black hat; thin brim with silk mesh over grid-like weave pattern; vertical cylinder slightly tapering to the top

Hat, late 19th-early 20th century

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Hats like this one, called gat in Korean, are made of horsetail hair and silk on a bamboo frame. In the 1800s they were only worn by married, middle-class men. Gat rode atop the head (rather than low on the brow like Western hats), were worn over an inner hat called a tanggeon, and were tied under the chin with black cords that might fall as low as the man’s lower torso.

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2015.79.524
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small black hat; thin brim with silk mesh over grid-like weave pattern; vertical cylinder slightly tapering to the top