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Mad hatter - hat sayings

Many sayings use the humble hat to help express ourselves, though they should never taken literally especially "eat my hat". Potential source of fiber but hats are not recommended as a dietary replacement.

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Panama origins

Panama Hats are not as popular as they were in the 1950/60 era but they are still hand made in the traditional fashion. Made from the plaited leaves of the toquilla straw plant and woven by hand.

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Felt Facts

The Felt Hood in unblocked form has been pressed and manipulated in a centuries-old process using heat, water, and pressure to create the strongest, smoothest, most water-resistant natural fabric known.

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Beautiful Bows

Traditional yet timeless, bows can be redesigned as in this photo using the combination of fabric & straw to make a different bow. Check out the bow gallery for more examples.

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Meet the milliner

Elaine Mergard, the Hat Academy milliner and mentor, has had over 35 years of teaching students enabling each one to develop their unique creativity.  With a successful millinery career under her hat, her mission is to now help create the next generation of Milliners.

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Fedoras return

Milan Fashion Week 2012.  Giorgio Armani adds Fedoras to the Catwalk. It was hats, hats and more hats at the Giorgio Armani's runway show at 2012 Milan Fashion Week.



Fedora-style hats were paired with almost everything and were worn in a slightly tilted manner to give them a sexy slant.The Brims were wider than winter styling and some tilted up one side. The collection…

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Panama Hats

Panama Hats are not as popular as they were in the 1950/60 era but they are still hand made in the Traditional Fashion. We holidayed at Cancun on the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico in 2007 and I was searching for basic panama hoods to bring home. Obviously no Tourist Stop-overs supply such but now know Becal is the Hat Capital of Mexico.



We saw Toquilla plants growing &…

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Vintage style

Vintage 1950s Hat Styles were worn by movie star Doris Day -a fun loving Actress as her movies were often romantic comedies. Most of these hats are made from Swiss Straw excluding the Cloche felt Hat.

All the hats sat up on the head whereas today they sit down closer to the face and very often forward on brow. Have a browse at her most famous onscreen hats…

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Felt Hat making

Felt Hat making is one of my Favourites but living in Sub Tropical Australia limits the demand. I love how steaming the felt allows it to become as pliable as children's Play dough.This is because Felt is a mass of wool and/or fur. It is not woven so it has no resistance to pull & push techniques. The Felt Hood in unblocked form has been pressed and manipulated in a centuries-old…

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