History of Hats and Headgear - Facts and Origin
One of the ways that man tried to adapt to nature is by using hats as a mean of protection. After that he started using hats and headgear for other purposes as well.
First hat in human history was probably a big leaf or a piece of leather. But one of the first images of a person with a hat is a painting in Thebes tomb.
There is painted a man with a simple conical straw hat. At the same time appeared “pileus” which is a simple skull cap, “petasos” - first hat with a brim
known to men and a Phrygian cap, Conical cap with folded top that was given to slaves when they were given freedom. Because of that, it was called “Liberty
hat” during French Revolution. First big step in history of hats was discovery of felt. There are different stories about how and who discovered it but it
was discovered in the different parts of the world and in different time. Some of the most famous hats are Stetson, Sombrero, Bowler, Fedora and Hard Hat.
Bowler hat was invented in 1849 as a hat for gamekeepers by Edward Coke, British soldier and politician. It was made to be strong and to fit well on the
head so it can protect wearer from the low hanging branches and it won’t fall off when wind blows. It was made from hard felt, had narrow brim and a low
crown. It was accepted very quickly in all economic classes (it even sold better than any other hat on the Wild West) and stayed popular until 1960s.
Stetson is a brand of hats made by John B. Stetson Company. First commercial Stetson was “Boss of the planes” made in 1865. I had straight sided crown,
wide flat brim and rounded corners of the crown. It was waterproof and quickly conquered west.
Hat started as just one more protection from elements. It stayed that way but at the same time it developed into something more. As if it almost gained a character. Or better - thousands of characters. Find more about history of hats here.(more)
Beside their mundane side of something that stands on somebody’s head and nothing more, hats have some interesting stories to tell. Read more interesting facts about hats and other headgears.(more)
Hats are not the only clothing that can be worn on the head. Some of these things are not even clothing. Read more if you want to learn more about history of headgear.(more)
There are many reasons to wear a wig: from no hair to wrong hair, as a convenience, as a caprice or as only way to feel normal. Read more about history of wigs here.(more)
Sombrero is hat with a very wide brim and a conical crown that originated from Mexico. Its brim is so wide that it covers head, neck and shoulders of the
person who wears it. That is why its name comes from Spanish word “sombra” which means “shadow”. It is not known who invented it (there are some ideas but
nothing for sure) but it is now part and a symbol of Mexican culture.
Fedora was invented in 1882. It got name from the title of the play written by Victorien Sardou, in which main character Princess Fédora Romanoff, played
by Sarah Bernhardt, wears the same hat. It was made from felt, had a soft brim and was creased in center.
Hard hat was patented in 1919 by E. W. Bullard. It was made from steel and its role was to protect workers from injuries from falling objects on
construction sites. Hard hats are now made from high-density polyethylene and have suspension that lessens force of the impact.
Hat is a type of headgears. Generally, headgear is any element of wardrobe which place is on the head for any reason. There are different reason for which
would someone wear headgear. Some of the reasons are protection, fashion, disguise, entertainment, religion, medicine, decoration or distinction. Some of
the headgear objects are: bonnets, caps, crowns, fillets, hair covers, hats, helmets, hoods, masks, orthodontic headgear, turbans, veils and head wraps and
- Types of Wigs
Although wigs could look familiar from the outside there are different types of wigs that are made from different materials and with different techniques. You can read more about different types of wigs here.
- History of Wigs
Hair is very important to humans and it always was. It had its part of mythology and its real part. Those that had no hair were forced to replace it with artificial replacement - wigs. You can read about history of the wigs here.
- History of Crowns
Since there were rulers there were crowns. They could be real and made from variety of materials or just symbols but with the same power. Find out more about the history of crowns, simbolism and other facts about crowns.
- History and Origin of Hats
Hats are a part of human wardrobe for centuries. With different uses, from protection to fashion statement they changed through time and changed with how we see ourselves. Learn more about history of hats.
- History of Fedora
One of the most famous types of hats is fedora. Combination of practicality and style, it lasted long and is still worn, not in such great numbers as when it appeared but it is still here. Read more about fedora here.
- History of Sombrero
Sombreros are type of hats that are made for protection from sun in areas that have great number of sunny days. It is characteristic for Mexico but it appears in on the parts of the world too. You can find more information about history of sombrero here.
- Interesting Facts about Hats
History of hats is so long that it was inevitable for it to create some peculiar facts. Here is a bunch of weird, interesting and surprising facts about hats.
- Types of Hats
Palette of hat types is wide and colorful. They differ in use, cultural background, materials, design ideas, target social and economic class and in much more. Read more about different types of hats.