Monday, January 9, 2012
Papier mache turban, Pune (Poona), ca.1865.
This hat is identifiable by its flat, three-cornered shape and gold wiry loops criss-crossing it. These are traces of the rolled turban-cloth that would form a network over the original type of Maratha turban. This hat would have been worn by a boy or young man of the upper classes. This flat angular style was popular in Central India and to the east of Poona where this one orginated.
Source: V&A, London
Info Courtesy: Rare Book Society of India