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The Global Language of Headwear: Cultural Identity, Rites of Passage & Spirituality

December 3, 2022 - February 26, 2023

photograph by Stacey Miller
Tekke Wedding Headdress, Turkmenistan, early twentieth century, metal, beads, cotton, silk, © 2017, courtesy of Hat Horizons
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700 N 12th St - Wausau, WI 54403
Information: 715-845-7010

Event Date Detail
Dec 3, 2022 - Feb 26, 2023. Tues–Fri 9am–4pm; first Thur each month open until 7:30pm. Sat-Sun noon-5pm. Closed Mon & holidays, including Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

From headdresses and helmets to turbans and crowns, explore the vital role of ceremonial headwear throughout diverse cultural customs, beliefs, and rituals. Transcending utilitarian purposes, each head covering is a work of art, showcasing skill and creativity in conveying meaning. In a profusion of shapes and styles, materials, and embellishments, these hats and headdresses communicate beauty, the diversity of the world’s cultures, and ideas shared throughout humanity. Featuring headwear from forty-three countries spanning Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and North and South America, most date from the mid to late 20th century and many types are still worn today for revelry, ritual, and the rhythms of everyday life.

  • Free Admission
    • Yes
  • Features
    • Disabled Access
  • Museum/Gallery Type
    • Art

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