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[Slat sunbonnet with green, blue, and yellow trim, Puunene, Maui]

[Slat sunbonnet with green, blue, and yellow trim, Puunene, Maui]
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H: 17 in, W: 8 in, D: 16 in

Punene, Hawaii, unknown


Gift of Barbara Kawakami


1 slat sunbonnet : straw, fabric ; 17 x 8 x 16 in.

Slat-style sunbonnet with brim composed of straw matting in herringbone design trimmed with (3 in.) pleated cotton floral fabric (green, blue and yellow). Back of crown is made of same fabic with pleats to create a puffed effect. Rectangular piece of same fabric is added to the back half of the bonnet to protect the wearer's neck (19 x 9.75 in.). Underside is lined with cotton paisley print fabric (blue, turquoise & olive green). Two long ties (25.5 x .5 in.) of mini blue, turquoise and white flowers on green field are secured on the inside of the bonnet.

This sunbonnet was worn on Maui. The style is completely different from what was worn on Oahu plantations. See B. Kawakami book, p. 105-108 (photos on p. 106 & 108).

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