BNFUSA GFHATA10 Casual Outfitters Cowboy Hat Set With Self-Adjusting Liners
Includes 1pc each of 10 different styles. Features unique hatbands and self-adjusting liners. The shape able brim helps protect you from the sun. Styles may vary. One size fits most. Not sold individually.
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History of Cowboy Hat
The cowboy hat is a high-crowned, wide-brimmed hat best known as the defining piece of attire for the North American cowboy. Today it is worn by many people and is particularly associated with ranch workers in the western and southern United States, western Canada and northern Mexico, with many countries, regional Mexican and sertanejo music performers, and with participants in the North American rodeo circuit. It is recognized around the world as part of Old West apparel.
The cowboy hat as known today has many antecedents to its design, including Mexican hats such as the sombrero, the various designs of wide-brimmed hat worn by farmers and stockmen in the eastern United States, as well as the designs used by the United States Cavalry.
The first western model was the open-crowned "Boss of the Plains", and after that came the front-creased Carlsbad, destined to become "the" cowboy style. The high-crowned, wide-brimmed, soft-felt western hats that followed are intimately associated with the cowboy image
Modern cowboy hats are made of fur-based felt, straw or, less often, leather. They are sold with a tall, rounded crown and a wide flat brim. ... Hats are customized by creasing the crown and rolling the brim. Often a more decorative hat band is added.
Why do cowboys wear hats?
1. To protect against the weather
Protection from the sun in summer: The wide brim of the hat keeps the suns glare out of the eyes; a handy tool before the invention of sunglasses. It also helped to protect the face and neck from sunburn before sunblock existed.
Protection from the heat in summer: White and light-colored cowboy hats like those made of straw can reflect the suns light, deflecting its heat. The high crown of the hat also helps to keep the head cool. Another trick used by cowboys on hot summer days was to dunk their hats in a nearby freshwater stream and wear their newly water-cooled hats to help fend off the heat. The hats also made a good makeshift fan.
Protection from the cold in winter: In winter the tall crown of the hat provided a pocket of air as insulation to help conserve heat. Dark-colored wool or felt hat helps absorb light and heat to keep the head warm.
Protection from the rain: The wide brim of the hat acts like an umbrella keeping the rain, sleet and even snow out of the face, keeping you dry. The animal-fur felt hats are the most waterproof, and even straw or wool hats can be waterproof to a certain extent, depending on the tightness of the weave. Most Stetsons are weaved tightly enough to be used to hold water to feed your horse if needs be!
2. Useful for signaling from a distance
The large cowboy hat with its wide brim is perfect for signaling because its large enough to be seen across the vast plains of the West. Before the days of cell phones, hat signaling was handy for cowboys to communicate the direction they wanted to move the cattle.
3. To use to make sleeping conditions comfier
Cowboys sleeping out in the open air could sometimes use their hats to shut out any light if they happened to be catching some shuteye during the day. If their hats were durable enough (like some of the wool ones are), they could even make a makeshift pillow out of their hat when sleeping out on the plains at night.
4. Useful as makeshift water buckets for the horses
One of the selling points used in felt or wool Stetson hat adverts was having a picture of a cowboy giving his horse a drink of water from his hat.
Note: Do not try this with straw hats as it would probably ruin them.
Fun fact: It used to be thought that the famous? Ten-gallon hat? was so named because of the myth that it could hold 10 gallons of water, but this isnt the case. The name actually comes from the Spanish word Gal³n which means ?braid?, because many of the authentic Spanish hats were decorated with braids, and those decorated with 10 braids were? Ten-Gal³n hats?.
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