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Andean Hat

While I need to spend time away from the computer, feast your eyes on this lovely thing: A hat I got in Ann Arbor (they don’t have any more, I bought the 4 they had) last spring. They were pretty clueless about where it was from, but it looks a lot like the Andean/Peruvian hats I’ve seen in photos (from more than one source) knit and worn by men in the mountains of South America.

I’m pretty sure this would be a cultural group that created this artform, rather than a nationality. Whatever the roots of the piece, it is truly art in all senses.

The piece is in wool, knit very tightly (I’m not looking at it right now but I think it’s 11 or more stitches per inch… one of the four hats has such tiny stitches people swear it’s woven). This hat was worn a lot, as the color on the inside of it is much more vibrant (yes, really) than what you see here.

Some of the rows have 3 colors per row in some of the hats. This one has a garter-stitch flap design, sewn on after the knitting. The sewing is very crude and coarse in comparison to the knitting.

Feast your eyes. I have pics of two of the four hats I own. I’ll plan to show the pics of the second, fairly soon.

2 Responses to “Andean Hat”

  1. James Says:

    Wow, the wheatland thing sounds like a lot of fun. LOL, I’m all for the skirt and fingerless gloves. Cool look. Those Andean hats are awsome. Looks like you got an authentic one. I wonder if they use natural materials to dye the yarns or if they just buy them? They sure are beautiful and so finely knit. I read where a woman was trying to buy some when she was in the Andes and she found out that the men wear them and if a lady takes a fancy to the man she goes and grabs it off his head. I wonder how a guy turns down a proposal, does he take off running and hope he can run faster than the damsel in pursuit. LOL. She got a lot of funny looks from the locals, proabably wondering who the heck the foreigner was trying to edge in one their men. LOL. Any way, she managed to purchase some. It sounds like yours was an easier acquisition. LOL

  2. betty thoms Says:

    When did the use of the felt fedoras became useful to the Andean culture?

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