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Archive for September 17th, 2004

Andean Hat

Friday, September 17th, 2004

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.