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Antique Gentleman Scholar's Hat with Silk Chin Straps

Antique Gentleman Scholar's Hat with Silk Chin Straps

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Korean: Textiles: Pre 1900: Item # 999062

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This hat was displayed in an exhibition of antique Korean hats at the Korea Society, and was featured in the New York Times Style section. Fashion designers, such as Carolina Herrera, recognize the beauty and uniqueness of traditional Korean hats and have been using them as part of their ensembles. In the 19th Century, the Japanese called Korea 'The Land of Hats' because the Koreans had a hat for every occasion and every position in society. Old Korean Heungnip Scholar's Hat (Gat) made of horsehair (from the horse's tail) with a bamboo brim and original silk chin straps. Nothing says 'Korean' more than a Heungnip, a traditional Korean Gentleman Scholar's Horsehair Hat. This heungnip has a nice curvature, sheen, and silhouette, the three things that you look at when judging the quality of a heungnip. Please see the last photo here to see the lacquered flower (jeongkot) on the crown of the hat. Most heungnip you will see today are not genuine antiques made of horsehair, but are imitations constructed of nylon or wire mesh. You have to see this heungnip in person to appreciate the fineness of the horsehair weaving. The horsehair is stiffened with pine resin, and dyed with black ink. It has had some repair done to the edge of the brim. This antique hat is being offered here at a price that is much lower than what it would cost to have it made by an artisan in Korea today. 10.5w x 4.5h inches, 16.5w x 11.5h cm.