Saturday, 25 February 2017

Well this happened

This theatre hat is more Arabian Princes than Prince

But you can just about get with it. 

A basic cardboard cylinder covered in fabric and then plastic decorations, it sets a scene well and could be made at home by anyone.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Pointy Bamboo Hat

This conical bamboo hat has a nice pointy shape.

Bamboo hats of this style are designed to protect the head and face of farm workers from the sun and rain.

Other English names for the conical hat include sedge hat, rice hat, paddy hat, bamboo hat, Raiden hat and sometimes coolie hat. 

But in Malay they are called the Terendak, In China Douli which translate to Bamboo Hat, in Japan Sugegasa, the Do'un in Cambodian and there are many more regional names

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Ballistic Helmet

Whilst this helmet was sourced from a army surplus store its not really a military helmet as far as I known, its some for reproduction tactical helmet probably used for airsoft or paintball or similar

Its does offer some protection though its not marked as being to any particular standard

Monday, 6 February 2017

Underwear for the Head

The Linen Coif is cap that was worn in the medieval period, simple piece of linen formed from a couple panels of fabric tied around the head.

About as basic a cap as you can get.

I also like to think of it as head underwear since it also protects a more expensive hat from coming into contact with your greasy, filthy, flea infested, medieval hair.

Coifs come in many forms, padded for wearing under helmets, chainmail coifs are a form of armour and coifs also became garment worn after the medieval period by nuns.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Cow Pat Hat

This medieval cap is often called a cow pat hat because of its very flat when not on the head.

Made of fabric, its a brim about 5cm wide with the crown made of the same material made oversized  so it falls onto the brim, its then lined and as in this case decorated with feathers

Worn predominantly in Tudor period by peasants through to nobility and by men and women alike.

Same hat on another head

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Syriyka Cap

When trying to find out what this was I went through many thoughts on where to start, a winter cap for some Soviet block army, but this lacked insulation so I had 2nd thoughts, so the mask was for something else perhaps it was for desert sand storms, turns out I was near enough on the mark.

This is Soviet Russian Afghan war Syriyka Cap with Face mask or near enough.
Also known as kepka-afganka its made of study cotton

This cap was first used in Syria hence Syrika Cap and as a detachable wind proof mask to protect the neck and face, probably used along with googles.

Thanks DanR for this cap.

Sunday, 15 January 2017