A rare old Northwest Coast Makah or Nuu-chah-nulth double woven basketry hat dating from the late 1800’s. Made for use this hat would have been worn to keep the rain off the head when out paddling in canoes or gathering food items. Living in the wet temperate rain forest a waterproof hat was an essential piece of clothing and the ladies on the Northwest Coast developed these fine woven hats that served a function yet were art works in themselves. This hat is finely woven from split cedar bark and root and the three subtle bands of checker work bands done in natural and dyed bear grasses. The basket is double woven to give it extra sturdiness when being worn and has a woven rim to keep it stable on the head. The extra weight of the double weave would have helped hold it on the head on windy days. This fine rare museum quality hat comes with a custom display stand and is in excellent condition for its age with no splits or repairs noted.