May 20, 2011

White hana hat

Remember this hat I made a while back? (Very loosely based on an Okinawan hanagasa). It was made out of paper. Well, a performance artist saw it and contacted me almost two months ago to commission me to make a white version for her. It's white because it will have video images projected onto it. This one needs to be more durable than the paper original since it will be used in more than one performance. Plus it needs to be much lighter.
Fast forward to this week, and it's 98% finished!

It's made from a hi-tech fabric called Fosshape, made by this company. I have wired the rim and the "petals" on top with millinery wire, so it's more of a sculpture than a hat. The whole thing is hand-sewn. It's also really big: 24" in diameter and 12" tall. Next week, the performer is stopping by for a final fitting (There will be a cap inside) and I will have some photos of her wearing it to post!

I finished the White Hana Hat Tuesday! It now has ties to keep it on and "stamens" on top. Here is an updated photo:
Soon there will be more pictures, including the performer wearing the whole costume (hat + white kimono).....I should have more photos next week!


  1. Hi Rebecca- Nice use of FOSSHAPE. Looking forward to seeing any follow up photos.
    The Thermoman of Dazian

  2. Thanks! Fosshape is fun to work with! It's almost finished....more photos soon.