Beaded Akha Tribal Hat from Thailand
Akha tribal hat from Thailand with white metal beads.
The different hill tribes of northern Thailand and Laos have distinctive clothing and hats.
This hat from the Akha tribe has red and white bands of fabric decorated with small coloured pom poms, white beads and white metal coin-like decorations and balls. Around the age of 12 the Akha girls exchange their child's cap for this type of hat - the hat of a woman. They decorate their own hats and each is unique.
There is interesting information about the Akha costumes on Wikipedia.