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18575 Hat, cabbage tree, maker unknown, Cambewarra, New South Wales, Australia, 1875-1885. Click to enlarge.

Cabbage tree hat

Made
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 …

Summary

Object No.

18575

Object Statement

Hat, cabbage tree, maker unknown, Cambewarra, New South Wales, Australia, 1875-1885

Physical Description

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.

Dimensions

Height

140 mm

Width

330 mm

Depth

340 mm

Production

Notes

Original stock book entry: " ... made from leaves of Livistonia australis, Mart: (Palmae) which are first boiled, then dried and afterwards bleached." (OF).

History

Notes

The Museum purchased the hat in 1888.

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 1888

Acquisition Date

19 July 1888

Cite this Object

Harvard

Cabbage tree hat 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 28 September 2021, <https://ma.as/7371>

Wikipedia

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