Friday, 26 February 2016

Ransom Beanie

The Beanie hat, a brimless cloth hat.

This beanie was a give-away at film fair, I'm guessing around 1996 since that was when the film was released. 

I use the hat as a general purpose hat that I keep at the ready in my winter coat for when the going gets bitter cold, like this week.

Thursday, 18 February 2016


The flat cap or flatcap is a rounded cloth cap with a small stiff brim in front and is usually made of wool, tweed or cotton and lined with a softer fabric. 

 The hat is also known at least according to wikipedia as a Cabbie cap, Longshoreman's cap, Cloth cap, Scally cap, Wigens cap, Ivy cap, Golfers cap, Duffer cap, Duckbill cap, Driving cap, Jeff cap, Irish cap, Newsboy cap, Crook cap, or a Paddy cap, in Scotland its called a Bunnet, in Wales its called Dai cap. That's more names than I knew and I think easily beats all the names you can find for other styles of hats. 

 The original flat cap can be traced back as far the 14th century.

The growth of woollen cloth hats of many styles came about when a act of parliament in the late 16th century made not wearing a woollen hat on Sundays for males an offence, basically the law was designed to stimulate the wool trade, this gave rise to common wearing of caps and so became a recognised symbol of common man in England, even today its still associated with a working class man even though many wealthy and iconic people wear them. 

 Flat caps became very popular in 19th and 20th century throughout Britain, Ireland and United States, although it seem to have been totally supplanted in current times by the baseball cap especially in  United States. 

 The hat I'm wearing a traditional northern England flat cap

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Basotho hat

The Basotho Hat is the traditional hat of Losotho a country totally surrounded by South Africa, known as the Kindom of the Sky since its almost entirely situated 1000 feet above sea level.

The Hat is also known as the Mokorotlo and is the only hat to appear on a national flag, it appeared until 1986 and was linked to the royal heritage of the county.

Conical in shape and made of straw, its should have 5 rings at the top where the straw ends meet, the 5th centre ring as below joins the others together in a symbolic union.

The shape was possible inspired by shape of Qiloane mountain which is near the fortress of a early Losotho king, called Moshoeshoe I.

I have used this to represent oriental culture, which is totally wrong since its African not Asian, but it works well, since most people would not know much about its true background.

Below my hat being used during a event, by one of the crew.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Fancy Dress Oriental Hat

This is a joke shop Chinese hat based on the conical coolie hat.

The shape is authentic, but the rest as far as can tell is pure fantasy, but for the purposes of larp, fancy dress, even theatre it is instantly recognisable as oriental headgear.

You can find them all over eBay and Amazon for about a five pounds, for your quick oriental character.

They often come with a pigtails, this one did but I removed it.