Something Cultural

Exhibit explores hats and headwear
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The Global Language of Headwear: Cultural Identity, Rites of Passage, and Spirituality

Placed on top of the most noticeable part of the body, hats announce everything from where we are from, to the teams we root for, to our beliefs and who we are. The significance of headwear is explored in a new exhibit at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum that runs through Oct. 24.

With 89 hats and headdresses from 42 countries, The Global Language of Headwear: Cultural Identity, Rites of Passage, and Spirituality looks at how this headwear reflects the traditions, beliefs and gender roles of the cultures where the headwear originates.

“The exhibit demonstrates how culture, creativity and skills went into the creation of each piece. Through these amazing pieces of art, visitors will explore many world cultures,” says Kalamazoo Valley Museum Director Bill McElhone.

For museum hours and Covid-19 restrictions, check the museum's website, at kalamazoomuseum.org.