Unique Hats From Around the World
Hats have been part of man’s culture and tradition. This head covering is worn for protection against the elements, as status symbol, for religious reasons, for safety or as a fashion accessory. In the military, hats denote rank and regiment.
Here’s a list of unique hats from around the world.
The Bearskin is a tall, fur, full dress uniform hat used by Brigade of Guards which is designed to protect the footguards against sword-cuts. These hats are commonly seen at the British monarchs’ official residence – the Buckingham Palace.
The unique-looking Kolpik, a type of traditional headgear, is usually worn in families of some Chassidic Rebbes, by unmarried children on Shabbat and by some Rebbes on special occasions. This cap is made from brown fur. The name Kolpik originated from a Turkic word for this kind of hats – Qalpaq.
The hat shown above is a tortoise-shell and silver Salakot. This unique hat called Salakot is a Filipino traditional wide-brimmed hat. Salakot is commonly made of either reeds or rattan. Some Salakot are made of special materials like tortoise shells and matured bottle gourd.
The peculiar Shtreimel hat is similar to the Kolpik but it is smaller in size. This fur hat is commonly worn by many married ultra-Orthodox Jewish men. It is also worn by Yerushalmi. Married members of Hasidic groups wore Shtreimel on Sabbath, Jewish holidays and other festive occasions.
If you are a fan of the weird sport called “Bullfighting”, I am sure you are familiar with this unusually-designed hat. This kind of hat is called Montera, the hat traditionally worn by Bullfighters. The wearing of this ht by bullfighters started in 1835. The hat is covered in astrakhan fur with an inner lining of velvet.
The Keffiyeh or Kufiya is a traditional headdress usually worn by Arab men. It is made of a square cloth folded and wrapped around the head in various styles. It provides protection from direct sun exposure. It is also known as a Shemagh. It also protects the mouth and eyes from sand and dust.
The 2 kids on the above picture are wearing Gaung Paung, a traditional Burmese turban. The name Gaung Paung is Burmese which means “head wrap”. The unique Gaung Paung is almost always a sign of rank but there is no pattern or insignia that exists to denote it.
Conical Asian Hat
The Conical Asian Hat, which is also known as Sedge Hat, is a simple style of conical hat from Asia. A chin strap, usually a cloth, kept the hat on the head. Conical hat is worn for protection from the sun and rain. It is also called Rice Hat, Paddy Hat or Coolie Hat.
The Bicorn Hat is the trademark of Napoleon Bonaparte. The Bicorn, which is also spelled Bicorn means two-cornered hat. This unique hat is an archaic form of hat widely adopted in the 1790s as an item of uniform by European and American military and naval officers. It survived as a widely worn full-dress headdress until at least 1914.
Pointy Hats or Pointy Hats are distinct headgear worn in many parts of the world throughout history. Although it is believed to have originated as an ancient Indo-European tradition, they are also widely and traditionally worn by Aztec, Lapland women, Japanese, Mi’kmaq people of Canada and the Huastecs of Veracruz.
This peculiar hat called Hennin can no longer be seen being worn by women. This conical or truncated cone is worn during the late Middle Ages by European noble women. This hat was popular in France, Burgundy and England. This conical hat was also seen in Northern Europe, Hungary and Poland.