The conical Asian hat, commonly called a coolie, is associated with southeast Asian countries. They are typically made of straw in a conical shape to keep sun and rain off the face, and are held on the head by a cloth strap that goes under the chin.
Plain styles are worn during the day and at work, while more elaborately decorated ones are worn for festivals and holidays.
The term coolie may be considered derogatory.
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