Turkmen Girl’s Cap
Central Asia,Turkmenistan
19th Century, Height: 35.5 cm (14 in),
Cotton, Silk Embroidery, Feathers
Collection of Vinay Pande

The tall, conical hat of the Turkmen is mentioned in Russian sources as a cap worn by girls until marriage. During the ceremony, it would pass to the groom’s family, who would pay the bride’s relatives for it. It would then be replaced by another type of headdress worn by married women. The main motif embroidered on this cap appears to be specifically associated with the Turkmen wedding.

Turkmen Girl’s Cap