Thai farmer's hat

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Woman wearing a ngob, Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

The Thai farmer's hat or ngob (Thai: งอบ, pronounced [ŋɔ̂ːp], RTGSngop, also spelled ngorb), is a traditional hat used in Thailand. More complex in design than the related Asian conical hat, the ngob is made of ola palm leaves laid over a plaited bamboo-strip frame. The frame includes an inner band which fits around the wearer's head, creating space for air circulation.[1]

Today, the largest centre of ngob production lies in Bang Pahan District in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province, where it is a well-known OTOP product in many villages. Ngob from Bang Pahan are sold all over the country. However, there has been a gradual decline in its use, as traditional agriculture methods have become supplanted by technology.[2]

The ngob's shape was the inspiration for the design of the Thailand pavilion at Expo 2015 in Milan.[3]


  1. ^ Dansilp, Tanistha (2012). Things Thai Antiques, Crafts, Collectibles. New York: Tuttle Pub. pp. 102–105. ISBN 9781462906055.
  2. ^ "บันทึกคนทำงอบ ยอดวูบมาสองปี" [Ngob maker's diary - two years of declining sales]. Thai Rath (in Thai). 17 October 2015. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  3. ^ Kewaleewongsatorn, Saengwit (1 May 2014). "Work Right to manage expo pavilion". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 30 January 2017.