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Collection Tier:
Tier 3

Oceanian ➔ Salakot

The salakot is a traditional wide-brimmed hat created in the Philippines to protect the wearer from the sun and rain. Often made of reed or bamboo woven in hexagonal patterns, the design covers a paper-shaped cone with red and white yarn braided around the edge. Over time, the nobility of the Philippines began decorating the salakot to demonstrate their power and wealth. Their version was usually made of prized materials like tortoiseshell. Silver or gold spikes would rise from the center while metallic coins jingled around the rim. Even today, the salakot remains a national symbol of Filipino identity.
Paper, Reed, Yarn
3.5" h
Current Location Status:
Education Program

Discovery Kit: Hats (November 2018)
Discovery Kits include a variety of artifacts and specimens from the Museum’s Collection that allow students to investigate global and local objects. The Collections support the Museum’s mission of inspiring curiosity and discovery around science, history, and culture. Each kit includes objects from the Museums archives, helpful resources and suggested activities. Discovery Kits are a great way for teachers to incorporate primary source and object-based learning into the classroom or as a way to prepare for or extend a Museum visit.

Virtual Discovery Kit: Hats (May 2020)
Hats and headwear have been worn for centuries by people around the world to serve a variety of purposes, cultural traditions and religious practices. This resource provides tools and activities for investigating a number of hats in the Grand Rapid Public Museum’s Collections.