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A Cosy Moment

Take hold of that hat; pull it on your head. It fits snugly over your ears.’ An old friend’, a well worn hat, ‘taken for granted’, there is nothing better.

A hat has so many possibilities. Worn on the head for lots of reasons, a hat can warm the head; it may protect the head from the extreme weather.

…protect the head from the extreme

Fitted hats are made in a range of materials. From natural fibres like wools, cottons and silks hats can be formed. A woven pattern, a tartan thread all add texture to the hat.

There are beanies that form around the head. The name is linked the old English word ‘bean’ for head.

A bobble hat can be traced back to the French battle fields. It fits round the head with a matching or contrasting bobble on the top. Fur bobbles are a popular fashion accessory too.

…old English word ‘bean’ for head

Beanies and bobble hats are great accessories for so many outdoor sports. They can be positioned on and pulled over the ears for further warmth. A upturned brim adds additional warmth.

The beanie has more names than you could imagine. Over the centuries it was named a toque, cap, skullcap, stocking cap, dink, bobble hat, bobble cap were mapped. It became as a Monmouth cap when reported in written form in Wales in the 12th Century. Made to fit the head this cap had a matching button.

A warm hat that can be worn or pushed into a pocket, the beanie has moved in and out of favour over the last decade.

While the bobble hat with the famous pompom began in Viking times, over 2000 years ago. This little ball of fabric and yarn took shape and prominence in 18th century on regimental helmets to identify regiments. Notably, the Napoleon army used these shapes on their distinguished helmets.

This little ball of fabric and yarn
took shape…

These pompoms in South America had a role to play. They showed the marital status for both men and women in a very charming formation within a headdress.

Moving to Scotland a pompom holds an important place on a Balmoral Bonnet. This bright red decoration is known as a toorie.

From the highlands to the high seas pompoms feature on formal and informal hats. Sailors in Navy have pompoms on their hats to stop them hitting their head. Fishermen and sailors wear bobble hats to ward against the same problems in a vessel at sea.

Fur pompoms are a fashion statement on a bobble hat. Sitting high on the head, this shape adds height to the crown of the hat. A perfect style for the ski slopes, a mountain trail or a coastal stroll. This classic shape can tolerate varied weather conditions for the active wearer to the wrapping up style to take in the fresh outdoors.

Cheerleaders have taken pompoms to the next level. Shiny pompoms take centre stage at games. These props add drama and pizzazz.

Who knows where we will see them

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