Mandarin's summer hat

This conical hat has a bamboo frame and is covered with a seamless piece of white silk gauze. It is decorated with a tassel of twisted red silk with gold brocade trim on the rim and red cloth interior. A clear glass button on the inside signifies an official of the fifth rank.Both kinds of official hats – summer and winter were worn during the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). Regulations governing court dress for the imperial family and government officials in China at this time was to distinguish them from the general public. Hats formed an important part of this official court attire.