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Asian Conical Hat

An Asian conical hat.

The conical Asian hat, sedge hat, rice hat, paddy hat or coolie hat is a simple style of conical hat originating in East and Southeast Asia, particularly Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Japan and Korea. It is kept on the head by a cloth (often silk) chin strap; an internal band of the same material keeps the hat itself from resting on the wearer's head. This style of hat is used primarily as protection from the sun and rain. When made of straw or matting, it can be dipped in water and worn as an impromptu evaporative-cooling device.

Because of its distinctive shape, it is often used in the depiction of East Asians. Recently, as part of international one day cricket matches in Australia, the conical hat has been a fashion phenomenon amongst spectators, with many decorated in Australian green and gold livery. Given that spectators are exposed for long periods in direct sunlight, the conical hat is a logical sun-safe device.

In mainland China and Taiwan, it is called dǒu lì (literally, a one-dǒu bamboo hat). In Japan, the hat is called sugegasa. In Korea, it is called satgat, mostly worn by Buddhist monks; in Vietnam, the name is Nón lá (leaf hat). The conical hat varieties in Vietnam are notable for their romantic and timelessly crafted adornments. Special conical hats in Vietnam contain colorful hand-stitch depictions or words while the Huế varieties are famous for their 'poem conical hats'. These contain random poetic verses and Hán tự which can be revealed when the hat is directed above one's head in the sunlight.

Mortal Kombat

DarkRaiden

Raiden the God of Thunder always wear his conical sedge hat.

Ashrah MKA

Ashrah, a former demon from the Netherrealm, always wears her veiled sedge hat.

In the Mortal Kombat universe, this type of hat is worn by Earthrealm's thunder god Raiden (Raiden's Hat) and the ascending demon Ashrah (Ashrah's Sedge Hat).

Originally, Raiden's hat started off as a simple rice farmer hat made of straw, but as the series went slowly became more and more elaborate. Looking quite similar to the jingasa hats worn by Samurai of old.

In MKX, with his Storm Lord/Master of Storms Variation, glowing symbols (possibly Kanji) and electricity flows through his hat.

By MK11, thanks to the Gear Kustomization system introduced into the series. Raiden's hat is also one of his kustomization options, with several designs to choose from. Even before that Raiden's hat was also customizable back in his guest appearance in Injustice 2.

In Mortal Kombat: Armageddon's Konquest Mode, Dark Raiden's Hat is a collectible Relic that Taven could attain in his adventures.

Trivia

  • According to Ed Boon in Raiden's Deception Kard, the original hat used to film Raiden's sprites in the older Mortal Kombat games is long gone, having been destroyed during one of Raiden portrayer Carlos Pesina's falls.
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