Saturday, January 16, 2010
S. Pan Trading sole hat shop in Kuala Lumpur's Chinatown
The wearing of hat has been an important part of traditional Chinese culture. During the Han dynasty (206-220 A.D.), the cap could only be worn by a person of high status; a labourer could only wear a headband which he used to wipe his sweat. Young children wore hats as protection against evil spirits. When a man had reached the age of 20, he had to go through a "Ceremony of the Cap" to indicate that he had reached adulthood, and had the right to wear a cap.
Unfortunately, today, Chinese Malaysians of both gender seldom wear hat as part of their fashion accessory. Even if they do, it is a Western hat like a baseball cap, fedora, felt hat, panama or cartwheel hat. However, I know one person who always wears a Chinese nobility cap (centre pix) during Chinese New Year -- he is Master Chin, a noted fortune-teller in Kuala Lumpur's Central Market.
Looking for a hat shop in Kuala Lumpur is tricky. By serendipity, I stumbled upon S. Pan Trading and almost squashed their hats put under the sun to dry (top pix). They offer quite a variety of interesting hats. The store is located on No. 65, Jalan Tun H.S. Lee, Kuala Lumpur. It is just a hat's throw away from the Sri Mahamariamman Temple. Why not get a hat as part of your fashion accessory? Latest update: The store has shifted to Jalan Raja Laut, just after the Bangunan PAS.