Saturday, 24 June 2017
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
Thursday, 8 June 2017
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
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.