Saturday, 24 June 2017

Waxed Cotton Wide Brimmed Hat

Described as a Aussie-style hat on most of the web sites you would purchase it from, this is very practical waterproof hat that also give goods sun protection with its wide brim

Made from waxed cotton typical of the outdoor country style of clothing you will see worn by gentry, farmers, river and pond fishers, game keepers and the like.

Waxed cotton is very tough practical weather resistant fabric with a very particular but not unpleasant smell.

Waxed clothing originated in the sailing industry, but the less stiff paraffin waxing process used in garments today did not come about until the 1920's and was produced in Britain by 3 companies who equipped the British army with garments made of it.

Barbour the most famous creators of waxed cotton country garments today, started using it for motor cycle clothing in the 1930's and back then was only available in black or an inconstant olive green colour. 
Modern waxes come in many colours but olive green is still the main colour choice.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Chewbacca Hat

This novelty hat was a Christmas gift, turns out to be a warm comfortable hat, but still not sure where I would want to wear it.

Its meant to be Chewbacca from Star Wars head, although could be a golden poodle hat as well

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Medieval Felt Hat

This tall hat, now looking a bit crushed was used roughly between 1320 and 1590, although apparently not worn in the the early Tudor period, it did reappeared during the Elizabethan. 

This is felt hat made by shaping felt with hot water or steam.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Rice Paddy Hat With Danglely Bits

The Vietnamese conical rice farmers hat or Non La can be made of straw, palm leaves, bamboo or matting.

What makes the Vietnamese style stands out from other Asian straw hats is its it perfect cone shape, tapering smoothly from top point to rim.

Like all straw hats they are used as protection from sun and rain, but can be soaked/dipped in water and used as a cooling aid as the water evaporates.

Many of these hat have hand stictched words on them or poems, this one has ribbon dangling from its brim, which are purely for decoration.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Buddhist Ceremonial Hat

This is a Buddhist Lama Monk Ceremonial Hat which is worn by Lama or Monks during Buddhist ceremonies or other ritual celebration.

 It is made from brocade material over board. Its inner surface has got cotton lining.

You can see images of Dalai Lama wearing a very similar hat.

In this image the top is pointing forward but works equally well pointing backwards

Monday, 22 May 2017

Scary Clown

This colourful Kufi hat is worn the image below with colourful dreadlocks when I played a freaky clown at a recent event.

Hats like this come in many varieties, the shape is what puts it in the pill box group, the colour and decoration is what determine other things such, decorated with sequins and embroidery would probably make it a smoking cap, made of felt might make a medieval cap, in this case the fabric colours/pattern means its a kufi hat.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Latex Skeleton Mask

There are other things you can wear on head besides hats such as hoods, wigs, crowns and one of the other things is masks

This latex mask I'm wearing is from the Ascendancy prop box

Latex masks can be half masks which leave the mouth uncovered, face masks just covering the eyes and forehead or like this one full head masks covering the whole face and head.
These full head masks are the worst to wear as they restrict breathing but the main problem is condensation from breathing and general sweat.

You get a little puddle of fluid in the chin of this mask after wearing it for half an hour.