brown rattan woven bowler hat; small loop on back; gold oblong patch with gold brocade on inside at the top; colorful leather embossed band on inner rim

Bowler hat, c. 1890

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A favorite accessory of well-known Japanese kabuki actors such as Ichikawa Danjurō IX (1838–1903), bowler hats made by the bamboo artist Hayakawa Shōkosai I became fashionable in the Meiji period (1856–1912), a time that saw new exposure to non-Japanese cultures and the transformation of fashion choices. By the late 1800s, urban men had all but abandoned the topknot favored during the preceding Edo period (1603–1868) and were wearing their hair short and covered with hats. The ensemble of a hip Tokyoite around 1890 might consist of a more or less traditional kimono, wooden clogs instead of straw sandals, and a novel bowler hat fashioned from rattan and bamboo.

Details
Title
Bowler hat
Artist Life
1815 - 1897
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2018.17.1
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brown rattan woven bowler hat; small loop on back; gold oblong patch with gold brocade on inside at the top; colorful leather embossed band on inner rim