Brightly coloured, eccentric hats made in northern Thailand using a huge amount of thin layered strips that have been carefully stitched together into this vibrant design. Complete with a semi pom-pom top and cords to secure the hat under the chin, all of the coloured strips vary so no two hats are quite the same.
The hats are actually simplified, modern versions of Thai Lisu Hill Tribe hats which are renowned for this very dense style of colourful applique fabric.
They come in two styles: really bright and colourful and even more bright and colourful.
Hand made in Thailand
Made from loads of lengths of brightly coloured fabric
Based on traditional Hill Tribe designs
Brim diameter is approximately 25cm
Siesta Crafts was started in 1983 by Chris and Les Harper with a market stall selling handicrafts that were brought back from their travels from Mexico and Guatemala (hence the name!).
They now import directly from suppliers in countries all over the world on a Fair Trade basis and they are proud to be a member of the British Association for Fair Trade Shops and Suppliers.
They specialise in unusual and interesting gifts. In this day and age of anodyne, cloned town high streets, it is good to see they have a vibrant, colourful presence with a wide range of unique and colourful handcrafted and fair trade items.
Their intention is that by trading with their producers they are helping them to achieve economic self-sufficiency, whilst simultaneously bringing to their customers the skills and crafts of other cultures.