Love hats? Well, there are hundreds of them around the world and each one of it has an origin and a unique story to tell. Here is a fun quiz about the fashionable hats from the four corners of the world.
Sombrero is from Mexico.
The word Sombra in Spanish means 'shade'. The Spanish were the first to introduce a flat-topped hat to Mexico, which was then modified by the Mexicans into the famous round crowned Sombrero of today.
The Bicorne hat originates from France.
Bicorne hats were a part of the European and American military attire. You probably have seen Napoléon Bonaparte sport these in French paintings.
Dhaka Hats are from Nepal.
Dhaka topi is a popular hat in Nepal. Dhaka gets its name from the city of Dhaka, Bangladesh - where the material used for the hat was manufactured.
Gat is a traditional headdress from South Korea.
Gat were worn by the upper class men of South Korea.
Fun fact: Unique to the hat, Gat are made from Horse-hair with a bamboo body.
Fez is from Morocco.
Fez has a very important role in Moroccan history. Wearing Fez became a symbol of revolt against the French occupation. It is now a symbol of Moroccan royal court.
Tophats originated from England.
Tophats were popularised in America by the presidents who wore them at their inauguration ceremony. However, America's love for Tophats died slowly after Lyndon B. Johnson and his successors stopped donning them.
Chullo is from Peru.
Chullo is a headwear from Peru, worn mostly by the Andean people to ward off cold. They are made from the wool of Llama, Vicuna and Alpaca - found in the Andes.
Fun fact: In the Andean tradition, the father should always knit his son's first Chullo.
Ushanka hat has its roots in Russia.
The word Ushanka in Russian language literally means "With Ears". Ushanka are made from the wool of Sheep, Rabbits, Arctic fox and sometimes Muskrat. There are also artificial fur versions but the Russian Army only uses true wool Ushanka.
Rastacaps are from Jamaica.
Rastacaps are worn for different reasons - some use it as a style quotient and others for its socio-political semblance. It was popularised world-wide by Bob Marley.
Montera is from Spain.
Monteras are a part of the folk costume worn by the people of Iberian peninsula, Spain.
Fun fact: Popularised by a bullfighter in 1835, Montera has been an integral part of their costume ever since.
Bororo headdress is from Brazil.
The long feathery Bororo headdress is unique to indigenous people of the same name in Brazil. Each year in the Brazilian carnival, dozens of people can be seen wearing one.
Fulani hats originated from Guinea.
Made of straw and leather, the Fulani hats are worn under a turban by the Fulani people, who are spread across West Africa. The straw used in these hats are made out of plant fibres.
Keffiyehs are from Saudi Arabia.
Keffiyehs are scarves made out of cotton. They are used in Arab countries as an escape from the hot sun and the sand. Keffiyeh scarves have become a fashion statement and a small part of the identity in the Arabian Peninsula.
Non La is from Vietnam.
Non Las are conical hats that were originally made out of palm leaves, but bamboo shoots are also used now.
Fun fact: There is a legendary story of a rain-shielding goddess who wore a conical cap made out of palm leaves to shield the crops from the devastation of heavy rains.
Currently, they are mostly used by farmers as a shield against scorching heat and rain.
Newsboy hats are from Ireland.
The newsboy hat is popular among a lot of people, irrespective of their age. Contrary to the name, the hat was not just worn by newspaper boys but also by many working class men in the 1910's. Later, it caught on as a fashion statement even with the elites.
Vueltiao is from Colombia.
Vueltiao are no ordinary hats, it is a national symbol of Colombia. The Vueltiao is known for its quality, which is measured by two factors: the number of pairs of fibres braided together, and its flexibility.
Tam o' shanter
Tam o' shanter is from Scotland.
It gets its name from the famous Scottish narrative Poem called Tam o' Shanter. Before the use of chemical dies, Tam o' Shanter was coloured with naturally extracted indigo.
Mpaan is from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Mpaan also called the prestige hat, was worn by people of high status during ceremonies. There are different types of Mpaan but the signature Mpaan is the one with a pointed top.
Jaapi is from Assam, India.
Jaapi or Chhata is a symbol of Assam, India. It is made from bamboo and a special variety of dried palm leaves. Jaapis are used as a protective headgear in important ceremonies, and in local Bihu dance.
Gele is from Nigeria.
Gele is a special head wrap adored by the women of Nigeria. They can be made from stiff cloth or rich materials like silk to get the styling right. In Nigeria, a bride's look is incomplete without a Gele.
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