Himalayan Art Resources

Subject: Hats (Fan-like Hat)

Hats of the Himalayas

Subjects, Topics & Types:
- Fan-like Hat Description (below)
- Gampopa Style
- Drigung Kagyu
- Taglung Kagyu
- Drugpa Kagyu
- Karma Kagyu
- Gelug
- Masterworks
- Confusions
- Others...

The third style is the Fan-like hat popularized by Gampopa Sonam Rinchen. The hat is tall and very broad like a fan with wide lappets hanging down on the sides extending to the shoulders or even lower. Quite often the lappets on the sides are folded upward creating an even more fan-like appearance to the hat. The hats are almost always red in colour when depicted in painting. In real life the hats are often created from silk brocades generally gold in colour and patterned with decorative plants and birds. This style of hat is the principal head attire for most of the Kagyu traditions (except for the Karma Kagyu). Fan-like hats are not generally found with any of the other Buddhist traditions and remain unique to the Dagpo Kagyu traditions descending from Gampopa and his students. In the Gelug tradition the 1st (6th) Panchen Lama Chokyi Gyaltsen also wears a style of hat similar to a fan-like hat which is later copied by the Jetsun Dampa of Mongolia and Changkya Rolpai Dorje and other teachers who are primarily in the East.

Fan-like Hat: Kagyu (red), Gelug (yellow)

Jeff Watt 8-2012 [updated 6-2017, page added 4-2020]

(The images below are only a selection of examples).