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The Most Intricately Designed Historic and Traditional Hats and Headresses

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Here’s a list of the most decorative, historic and beautiful hats in the world.

Here’s a list of the most decorative, historic and beautiful hats in the world.

Ming Dynasty Queen Headdress

Clothes worn by the royal families of Ancient China are among the most intricate and colorful in history. The Ming Dynasty Queen’s headdress is designed with cloisonné, pearls, gems and gold. Other materials included on this expensive hat are blue tian-tsui leaves and birds, dragons and polished semi-precious stones.

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This beautiful and historic hat is on display at the Ming Tombs Museum Complex.


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A Tiara is a form of crown. Traditionally, the word "tiara" refers to a high crown, often with the shape of a cylinder narrowed at its top, made of fabric or leather, and richly ornamented. It was used by the kings and emperors of some ancient peoples in Mesopotamia. The Assyrians used to include a pair of bull horns as a decoration and symbol of authority and a circle of short feathers surrounding the top of tiara.

War Bonnets

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Feathered War Bonnets were items of great spiritual value, or medicine, worn by honored Plains Indian men, sometimes into battle, but most often for ceremonial occasions. The eagle was considered by Plains tribes as the greatest and most powerful of all birds and thus, the finest bonnets were made out of eagle’s feathers. The wearer of such hat could tell countless stories. It should be noted that the real value of the bonnet was in its power to protect the wearer. It is also called Warbonnet or Headdress.


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A Perak is a headdress typically worn by the old aristocracy in the Himalayan Ladakh region of Asia. It is composed of a strap of leather studded with semi-precious stones, such as lapis lazuli and turquoise.

Imperial State Crown

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The Imperial State Crown of Great Britain, Tower of London. It incorporates the "Black Prince's Ruby", a 140 ct. Badakhshan spinel. This image of the crown was taken prior to the 1953 coronation, when the crown was modified for Queen Elizabeth II


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A Topor is a type of conical headgear traditionally worn by grooms as part of the Bengali Hindu wedding ceremony. The Topor is typically fragile, made of sholapith and white in color. Brides will typically wear related, but differently-shaped, headgear.

Papal Tiara

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The Papal Tiara is the three-tiered jeweled papal crown, supposedly of Byzantine and Persian origin, that is a prominent symbol of the papacy. The Supreme Pontiff's arms have featured a "tiara" for many centuries, notably in combination with Saint Peter’s crossed key.


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Jaapi is a traditional Assamese headgear or hat of Assam, India. This colorful hat is usually made out of tightly woven bamboo and/or cane and taku paat. Decorative jaapis were worn by royal families & high class family people.


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The Salakot is an intricately-designed traditional Filipino wide-brimmed hat. It is usually made of rattan or reeds. Beautifully designed and intricately adorn Salakot were once worn by people of the higher class in the society.


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The Nemes is a historical hat. It was the striped headcloth worn by pharaohs in ancient Egypt. It covered the whole crown and back of the head and nape of the neck and had two large flaps which hung down behind the ears and in front of both shoulders.

Hawaiian Feather Helmet

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Hawaiian Feather Helmet is known as Mahiole in the Hawaiian language. It was worn with a feather cloak and is a symbol of the highest rank reserved for the men of the alii, the chiefly class of Hawaii.


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The Pickelhaube is a historic German hat worn in the 19th and 20th centuries by military, police and firefighters. This spiked helmet is also called "Pickelhelm".


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A Shako is a tall, cylindrical military cap, usually with a peak or visor. This hat is sometimes tapered at the top. It is usually adorned with some kind of ornamental plate or badge on the front, metallic or otherwise and often has a feather, plume, or pompom attached at the top.

Montenegrin Cap

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The Montenegrin Cap is a traditional cap worn by Montenegrins and Serbs. Historically, it was worn by men only but is now not exclusively for them.


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The beautiful Kofia is a brimless cylindrical cap with a flat crown, worn by men in East Africa. It is distinctively associated with Swahili-speaking cultures. It is worn with a colorful African shirt called dashiki or kitenge in some areas of east Africa.


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The unique-looking Chapeau is a French hat used as a mark of ecclesiastical dignity, especially that of cardinals, which is called the red chapeau. It is worn over the shield by way of crest, as miters and coronets are.

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Sibt-e-Hassan Raja
Posted on Dec 31, 2011
James R. Coffey
Posted on Dec 29, 2011

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