Hats 2

The other type of non-military headgear seen on Mao badges is the "hard-hat" made from woven strips of bamboo. The natural resilience of bamboo provided equivalent protection to aluminium or plastic, but with better ventilation. These hard-hats were widely worn by miners, forestry workers, and some construction workers.

50m 12dot6g hard 51m  11dot2g 47m 7dot3g 69m 23dot2g

50mm   12.6g


51mm    11.2g


69mm   23.2g

47mm   7.3g

hhat2 hhat1

PLA miners wearing bamboo hard-hats:

illustrations from a 1968 lianhuanhua entitled (approximately) The Victory Song of the Selfless Character