"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."
Echidna (spiny anteater eg, Knuckles) with a coolie hat (rice paddy hat)
Why the hat? To keep off the sun, of course.
Animals with Hats Series: [link]
Acrylics on 2.5x3" watercolour paper.