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Popular women’s head decoration A Fascinator is a headpiece, a style of millinery. The word originally referred to a fine lacy head covering similar to a shawl and made from wool or lace. Fascinator as a term had fallen pretty much into disuse by the 1970s, but by the early 21st century the term Fascinator […]

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Traditional brimmed hat from Ecuador A Panama Hat, often know just as Panama, is a traditional brimmed hat from Ecuador which is made from the plaited leaves of the Toquilla Straw plant Carludovica palmata. Straw hats woven in Ecuador, like many goods from South America in the 19th and early 20th century, were shipped to […]

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Top Hat

A favourite wedding favourite A top hat also known as a silk hat, cylinder hat, chimney pot hat or stove pipe hat is sometimes also known by its nickname ‘topper’. It is a tall, flat-crowned, broad-brimmed hat worn prior to and including the 19th and early 20th centuries. Now, the top hat is usually worn […]

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A straw hat associated with boating A boater, also known as a basher, skimmer, cady, katie, somer, or sennit hat, is a type of hat originally associated with sailing and boating. A Boater is normally made of sennit straw and has a stiff or soft flat crown and brim, usually with a ribbon around the […]

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Iconic Australian hat brand Akubra is an Australian brand of bush hat, whose wide-brimmed styles are a distinctive part of Australian culture, especially in rural areas. The name is derived from an Aboriginal word for head covering. Akubra’s best-known hats are made from rabbit fur felt with wide brims, and the term ‘Akubra’ is sometimes […]

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What is a hat?

Definition of a hat A hat is a head covering used for several reasons. It may be worn for protection against the elements, for ceremonial or religious reasons, for safety, or as a fashion accessory. In the past, hats were an indicator of social status. In the military, they may denote nationality, branch of service, […]

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