Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Kaheti (or Tusheti) Felt Hats

The traditional felt hats from Georgia, generally referred to as "Kakhetian hats", are really from Tusheti, a small and almost inaccessible region in the high Caucasus Mountains, bordering Chechnya and Dagestan in the north and Kakheti in the east. 
Unchanged for many centuries, these hats are still made according to local tradition and with skilled craftsmanship in the Tusheti Region. Hats always were the most important element of traditional Georgian garments. Apart from everyday use, these hats were worn by warriors under their steel helmets, to soften the blows by swords.
These Kakhetian felt hats are made from hand-pressed felt and decorated with a cross shaped string. Available in black and white @ $ 39.50.

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