Wherever you travel in the world, one of the main things you will notice in the community is the style of hats being worn. From bamboo to cotton and from wood to felt, there are many different materials being used depending on availability and purpose. Here are 5 of the most peculiar hats from around the world!
5. Tam-o-Shanter is a Scottish cap that dates back to the 19th century. Hallmark tam-o-shanter caps are woven with a tartan pattern. These caps are also heavily used by the British military.
4. Chullo is a traditional hat worn in Andean countries in South America, but is especially linked with Peruvian culture. Chullos have ear flaps that can be tied under the chin to keep natives warmer in the cold weather.
3. Keffiyeh is a traditional Arabic headdress that is made of cotton and often worn as a partial scarf. Its main duty is to protect against sunburn and sandstorms. Many different versions of the keffiyeh exist in other parts of the world, especially in camouflage patterns.
2. Fez is a Moroccan hat that is made of red felt and has a tassle on top. The fez dates back to the 19th century and inspired other similar hats such as the songkok from South East Asia.
1. Non La is a conical hat made of bamboo or straw. It has been characterised by Vietnamese culture more than any other nation, and its purpose is to provide shelter from both rain and sun. It is a common sight to see Vietnamese men and women working in rice paddies or corn fields wearing non la hats.