I have tried to research this hat many times, but can't find anything that even slightly resembles it! Of course, I was immediately intrigued with a hat made by the famed designer Hattie Carnegie....but, one that has a slightly Middle Eastern flare was even more fascinating! The embroidery in this little hat is amazing and because of the labels, I do believe it could be hand embroidered. I have examined the stitches with both the naked eye and then with a loupe....and it's very unique, indeed! The thread used is labeled as Zari Thread which is a type of thread which years ago was made from fine gold or silver wire and used in the making of traditional Indian and Pakistani garments. The thread was made by wrapping a flattened metallic strip of gold or silver on a core yarn of silk, viscose, cotton or nylon. Now, Zari Thread is still being made, but not with genuine gold or silver because of the cost of these pure metals. This Hattie Carnegie creation was made in Pakistan and the base is cotton with what I believe to be gold Zari thread. The embroidery is remarkable and must have been done with great expertise in the Middle East back in the day. On the inside of the hat, one can see hundreds of neatly done black stitches....each done by hand. This is truly a very unusual hat and one you won't see coming and going! I hope my photographs do justice to this lovely Hattie Carnegie creation.
Condition: Very Good
Overall,the condition of this hat is wonderful, but I used "Very Good" because there is a slightly stained area on the outside of the hat. I tried to show this in the photos, but it was difficult to capture. It is not a glaring stain and does not take away from the overall beauty of this hat. The construction of the hat is strong and I do not see any issues other than the stain.
Labels: There are several labels present on the interior of the hat: Hattie Carnegie, Hand made in Pakistan, Cotton 80%, Zari thread 20%
Measurements: Circumference: 21" Diameter: 6 1/2"
This seller is a proud member of The Costume Society of America(CSA) and The Vintage Fashion Guild(VFG).
Item ID: 160