This is an incredibly unique and highly collectible vintage Turkmen tribal headdress with a lot of fantastic hand-crafted details.
The Turkmen tribe is located throughout Central Asia, primarily in Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and parts of Iran.
This extraordinary headdress is a beautiful example of the culture's rich, artisanal history.
Typically, hats like this one are made from assorted remnants and fabrics.
As you can see, the three long flaps that hang over the ears and down the back are made of simple, calico-cotton and embellished with hand-stamped and hand-cut base metal accents and cowry shells.
These cut-out metal pieces are said to ward off the "evil eye".
As you can see, the top of the cap is further decorated with tall base-metal spire that culminates on top in a small dome-shape with surrounding loops.
This piece is embellished with hand-hammered gold-tone accents.
Each side-flap features a long tassel in scarlet-red, chocolate-brown and mossy-green at the end while more ornate threaded tassels dangle from the cap and boast vibrant shades of red, blue, pink, black, purple and green.
The tassels are decorated with turquoise-blue wide wooden beads.
Most of the under-stitching can be seen on the opposite sides of the flaps and on the interior of the cap, though this is to be expected.
Some of the metal pieces and components show some very light oxidization while the hat shows minor wear overall. It remains in good vintage condition.
This hat features SO much color and fantastic handiwork.
It's a beautiful example of Middle-Eastern tribal craft and would make a wonderfully unique addition to your collection.
Interior circumference: 22", Side-flaps: 7 3/4" long (approx. 12 1/2" with tassel) and 3 5/8" wide, Back-flap: 13 3/4" long (approx. 18" with tassel) and 5 1/2" at widest point, Multi-tassel strands measure approx. 19" long from base of cap