detail of musician from 16th c. Persian painting.
This awesome little guy with the crazy hat is from a series of 16th c. Persian paintings. A friend on Facebook sent me a link. I haven't explored this site yet, but it looks like a delightful rabbit-hole. I have seen some images from this series redrawn in some of the Dover books, but this is the first time I've seen the whole series. You always have to be careful using allegorical scenes as costume documentation, but I really love this hat. I have seen portraits with this sort of hat without the angled top and I have seen the occasional use of diagonal stripes on shalwar cuffs and a couple of caftans.
I am a historian with a primary interest in medieval Central Asia, particularly the Ottoman, Persian and Mongolian empires. I am a textile artist and a dancer and teacher of traditional Central Asian styles, particularly Classical Persian. I have been a member of the SCA, Inc, a historical re-enactment and experiential learning group for most of my life. I'm currently a graduate student in Humanistic Psychology and my main interest is cross-cultural ideas about creativity.