Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Project Cubbins: Hat 192 - Leaning Letter Lid Edition

Day 192 / Hat 192: Gold-colored plastic hat in the shape of a Thai chada (ชฎา). Generously loaned to the Project by one Ms. Margaret Waldock.

It took me a few minutes of searching the interwebs (using the phrase "pointy Thai hat") to come up with the name and back story on this type of hat which  knew I'd seen before.

Based on a piece I found in the Bangkok Post, it is a largely ceremonial piece of headgear that can be traced to dancers performing in an ancient mask performance called khon in the royal court in the early Ayutthaya era (Ayutthaya was, I discovered with a wee bit more searching, a Siamese kingdom that existed from 1351 to 1767).

According to the Post, "It eventually became the headwear of Siamese ambassadors to Europe during King Narai's reign."

In the same article, Pachat Tiptus, senior exhibition coordinator at Museum Siam is quoted as questioning whether the chada is actually "truly Thai."

''Chada is seen to represent Thainess in advertisement posters," Pachat is quoted as saying. "But when a foreigner arrives in the kingdom, does he or she see anyone wearing a chada on the street?''

Another piece of Thai trivia? Apparently the 14th letter of the Thai alphabet, daw chada (ฎ) is named after this headdress.

Today's earnest hat tip goes to Margaret Waldock - thanks for the loan of the leaning learning lid!

PC 191: Mele Kalikimaka
PC 190: Head Counter
PC 189: Elf Off the Shelf

OK, nice hat -- but what exactly is Project Cubbins, anyway?

A: One man's homage to Dr. Seuss and his second book, "The 500 Hats of Bartholemew Cubbins," which is celebrating the 75th anniversary of its publication in 2013, Project Cubbins is an attempt to document the wearing of a different hat or piece of headgear every day for 500 consecutive days. No do-aheads, no banking of hats, no retroactive entries. PC started on May 27, 2013 with Hat 1

Got hats? If you loan 'em, you'll get e'm back safe and sound!

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