Himalayan Art Resources

Subject: Hats (Sakya)

Hats - Religious Traditions

Subjects, Topics & Types:
- Description (below)
- Sakya Hats Outline Page
- Pandita Hat
- Sakya Pandita
- Folded Lappets over the top
- Miscellaneous Sakya Hats
- Sakya Iconography
- Confusions
- Others...

Video: Sakya Hats

Three of the early founding teachers of the Sakya Tradition, Sachen, Tsemo and Dragpa, do not wear hats because they are lay figures and not monastics. In the later tradition lay teachers began to wear the pandita hat but only in the style with the lappets turned upward and placed across the crown. There still remains a general feeling that the standard pandita hat is part of the monastic system and wardrobe.

The three close branches of Sakya are the Dzongpa, Ngor and Tsar. The three distant branches are the Jonang, Bodong and Bulug. All of these traditions are doctrinally aligned but administratively independent. The pandita hat is the standard hat for all of the above traditions.

Jeff Watt 9-2020

(The images below are only a selection of examples from the links above).