Sami Four Winds Hat
This is a traditional four winds hat for Sami men to wear.
The hat is four-cornered to represent the four corners of the earth, which the early Sami believed to be square. Traditionally, the hat was blue to represent the sky and had red, yellow, or white trim. The corners were stuffed with down to allow the hat to keep its shape. Small items also could be stored in the corners of the hat.
Made in the early 2000s of manufactured wool cloth and assorted cotton braids; lined with white cotton (including a drawstring to make the lining tight and more protective); and edged with manufactured “fur.”
This represents an adaptation of tradition to modern materials. In older times, the Sami would have used natural materials or manufactured trade cloth, possibly obtained at the Jokkmokk’s Market.