Yak Down Fiber Felt Hat-- Cowboy Hat-- Grey

There are three hat band options: 
(above) hand woven hat band (pack yak pattern)

(2) cross pattern hat band

(3) plain felt hat band

Handcrafted on the Tibetan Plateau

Hats are an indispensable article of clothing in the Tibetan attire, both casually and formally. Possibly the strong sun’s rays on the plateau brought forth Tibetans’ special liking, even obsession if you may call it, to hats. Traditional felt hats were made using unsophisticated molds made of earth and wood etc. , rendering most of the hats cone shaped. Now we use different hand made molds to make hat shapes that are in style in today’s world. 

Nomads’ everyday activities also provide us the inspiration for how to accessorize these hats. Cross Pattern: a band with multiple crosses is also commonly seen around hats worn during festivals and ceremonies; Pack Yak Pattern: the flat-shaped braid frequently used when securing the loads on pack yaks’ back helps to distribute the pressure more evenly around the body, making the animal less uncomfortable.

Size: Large 59cm (or 23 1/4'')/ Small 57cm (or 22 7/16'')
Fiber contents: 100% yak down fiber

All our products are hand-made, so the size would be slightly different from one another.

Care Instructions

How to clean

Removing dust and stain

Use simple tools such as a sponge/lint roller/ tape/ soft brush/ vacuum cleaner with appropriate attachments to remove dust on the felt surface. If there’s a minor stain, use cotton or tissue to dab alcohol onto the stained area, and then wipe clean with a piece of wet cloth.

Washing (warning: reshaping is needed afterward)

In the case of heavy stains, immerse the hat in cold water and wash gently by hand with soap. Squeeze the water out by hand and then spin-dry. Shape the hat into its original form when it is still wet.


Improper ways of placing (e.g. in a folded position) result in deformation of the hat. Placing the hat on an appropriate-shaped support like a hat rack/stand or a flat surface is recommended.

Encountering rain

Felt has water-repellent quality. It can repel water in light showers but will not hold up in heavy rains. So try to avoid wearing a felt hat when the rain is heavier than a drizzle.


Wool felt is like a soft sculpture and has memory quality. You can form the felt into a desired shape when wet, and it will retain such a shape after it becomes dry.

If you want to instantly adjust the shape of the hat, you could put the kettle on or use a steam iron and put the hat over hot steam to soften the felt. You then shape the softened felt by hand until you achieve a desired result and let it dry. You will be surprised how just a tea kettle can help shape your hat!

However, felt hat can get floppier over time. Besides reshaping your hat with steam, if you hope the shape to remain longer, you may also spray cloth stiffener inside the top of the hat and under the brim of the hat.

Long-term storage

Felt is animal fibers and is susceptible to damage by insects/household pests, especially when more grease and dirt is adhered to felt. Therefore hats should be cleaned and placed in light-weight and breathable bags before long term storage. Attentions need to be paid so the shape of the hat is not compromised.

Insect repellants (e.g. mothball) do help deter bugs, but should not directly touch felt hats. Such chemical compounds can damage felt.


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