The Handmade Hat- History and Style

The Handmade Hat- History and Style
10/16/2016 Rachel
Hats on Artizan Made

Humans have worn hats or some kind of head gear throughout the ages. Aside from the obvious function of protection from the elements or other dangers, they have been used to show status, provenance, and identity. The wide variety of techniques used and creativity expressed make them a fun collectible. But, whether vintage or new, hats have been made to be worn. And, at times in history, multitudes had them as a part of their daily attire. Today, some groups continue to use them, but most of us enjoy the freedom to choose what fits our personalities, choosing individual expression.

Enjoy some historical and contemporary images of groups with hats:

Until the late 1800’s, even mass produced hats demanded specialized hand labor to make top quality hats. Felt, straw, fabric and other materials were shaped, pressed, and woven into the forms that might have other decorations added on.

Atherstone. Hatton's hat factory, trimming department. 1920

Atherstone. Hatton’s hat factory, trimming department. 1920


Bowler Hat Trimming at Wilsons Hat Factory

Bowler Hat Trimming at Wilsons Hat Factory

All over the world, specialized hats have been made for everyday wear, military and religious use, for warmth and for fashion. Today we have all of this history to draw on for inspiration!

Chart of men's historical hats.

Chart of men’s historical hats.


Hats From All Over The World

 

Artizan Made Hats

Several of our shops carry wonderful hats!  All handmade, of course… Click on the images to visit their shops:

 

August Phoenix Hats - French Laurel

August Phoenix Hats – French Laurel

 

Tija Crochet Natural Hat

Tija Crochet Natural Hat

 

 

This Rayela Art hat is made from recycled dog food paper bags.

This Rayela Art hat is made from recycled dog food paper bags.

 

AllThingsPretty Hat

AllThingsPretty also likes to recycle materials, often dyeing and painting fabric that she finds thrifting.

 

HEraMade has a couple of knit hats in her shop. She does commission work, so you can ask for your favorite colors.

HEraMade has a couple of knit hats in her shop. She does commission work, so you can ask for your favorite colors.

 

Wrapture by Inese Turban

Not really a “hat”, Wrapture by Inese makes these soft, warm turban wraps in many colors. Pull it down and wear around your neck!

 

Vintage Ethnographic

The most unusual and rare hat we have in our shops, this Sir Raffles Epakoe Enggano Hat with Mythical Creatureis an antique from a tiny island in Sumatra, Indonesia. It's only $23,750!

The most unusual and rare hat we have in our shops, this Sir Raffles Epakoe Enggano Hat with Mythical Creatureis an antique from a tiny island in Sumatra, Indonesia. It’s only $23,750!

 

Hot Moon Collection - Lega Bwami Ceremonial Hat

This is an African one, coming from Hot Moon Collection – a Lega Bwami Ceremonial Hat (Democratic Republic of the Congo)

 

Culturalpatina Vintage Chang Warrior Hat

Culturalpatina Vintage Chang Warrior Hat

 

 

The Loaded Trunk - African Juju Hat, Cameroon

The Loaded Trunk – African Juju Hat, Cameroon

 

 

 

Another African hat, this vintage cowrie shell cap is worn by Kuba men on top of an afro, held down with a long pin. Rayela Art

Another African hat, this vintage cowrie shell cap is worn by Kuba men on top of an afro, held down with a long pin. Rayela Art

 

 

Afghan Tribal Arts Vintage Baby Hat, Kohistani or Nuristani, Afghanistan

This Afghan Tribal Arts Vintage Baby Hat has detailed embroidery, from the Kohistani or Nuristani people of Afghanistan. Afghan Tribal Arts also has several vintage beaded caps that would be worn under a turban.

 

 

Whether you wear them or collect them, hats are a wonderful form of expression and workmanship! We hope that you have enjoyed this brief look at the handmade hat- history and style! Make sure to sign up on the sidebar for more of our features! You’ll get our blog posts by email.

 

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Comment (1)

  1. Morgen 2 years ago

    Wow! What a fabulous article Rachel. I love it!

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