Surely you remember the hat with flowers of Mary Poppins; the classic black high top of Abraham Lincoln Hat; with the flag of the United States, Uncle Sam; the colorful, filled with feathers, flowers and fruits of Carmen Miranda; the hundreds of peculiar styles used in Royal Weddings, or the very particular fact of meat used Lady Gaga at the MTV Video Music Awards .
But hats ―al like caps, berets, visors, hats, caps and headdresses, neither have not only aesthetic and fashion purposes. Also this China website has functional uses: use them to protect us from the cold or the Sun; the blue helmets of the United Nations use them to identify themselves as peace corps; the construction workers to protect themselves from the fall of hard materials; the military used them as a badge of rank, position, or nationality; the area of medicine and food workers use it for health, and others take them for religious reasons or as part of the uniform.
1. The first hats
The origin of the hat is very old and its use and are have been transformed over time. One of the earliest records of this accessory is in the paintings in the tombs tebanas of the 16th century, in which Egyptians appear with distinctive ornaments on their heads. It is believed that the Phrygian cap like ―muy that use cartoons Los Pitufos―, a Hat used in the ancient Greece (12th century BC) and was later used as a symbol of freedom, was one of the first proper hats, but without wings. The first record of the hat with wings actually dates from the fifth century B.C. in Greece, which was used by travelers and hunters to protect themselves from the Sun and rain.
2. Century XIV-XVI
In the 14th century the hat was also used in Europe by a need to reveal social and cultural status during the Renaissance. Members of the monarchy used it to differentiate themselves from other social classes. While the monarchy is distinguished with large and showy, hats made of velvet and decorated with ribbons, precious stones and feathers, the people wore hoods, caps or hats small and austere. In the 16th century, the success of felt Hat expanded into the Ottoman Empire, where used carpets felt to make the name fez or tarbush ordinator: male hats without wings consisting of a cylinder with Cap
3. Century XVII
Since the 17TH century, France began to be known as the European Center of fashion. In this period were fashion wigs ―tendencia initiated by the King Luis XIII of Francia― and therefore the hats should be wider, even with wider wings, and were adorned with variety of feathers and lace.
4. Century XVIII
In the 18th century, the city of Milan began to be known as the place where the best quality hats were made for women. The dressmakers of hats gained fame, not only to create unique models of hats and berets, but also by adding original and stylish accessories to complement any outfit.
In France, hats for men began to be simple during the 18th century. Predominated the three-cornered hat style, i.e. with Wing folded around the head and forming two tips, better known as the style used by Napoleon. The French Revolution (1789) put an end to the use of wigs for men, although hats, very simple, continued using.