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Jaapi is a conical Assamese hat with a flat lid-like brim. It could be thought of as a variation of the Conical Asian Hat and is made from bamboo, cane, or palm leaf. Commoners and farmers use plain Jaapi while wearers or all classes use decorated ones as part of the traditional attire. The more ornate the Jaapi, the higher is the wearer’s status.

Jaapi is decorated with intricate multi-color cloth weavings. In the medieval periods, the kings wore Jaapi with gold and silver embroidery. Now Jaapi has become a symbol of the Assamese tradition. It is worn on all ceremonial occasions and during Bihu dance performances. They are even hanged on the house walls to welcome guests.

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