The cabbage tree hat is characteristic of Australian men?s fashion in the nineteenth century. Woven from the fibre of the native cabbage tree palm (Livistona australis), the hats are historically significant as an early example of Australian dress made entirely from Australian materials. Furthemore, the date and origin of this hat are documented given that it was one of the museum’s earliest purchases.
Cabbage tree fibre is produced by weaving the fronds of the cabbage tree palm instead of stra...
Finely woven natural straw coloured hat; high tapering domed crown, wide flat brim; applied layered hat band of coarser plaiting with zig-zag border edges. Original stock book entry: " ... made from leaves of Livistonia australis, Mart: (Palmae) which are first boiled, then dried and afterwards bleached." (OF).