Woolen Hats

Written by James Lyons
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For over a millennium, the English have been wearing woolen hats. London and the rest of the United Kingdom is notorious for its weather--cold and damp about ten months out of the year. It's no mystery why the Brits have been wearing woolen hats for so long.

The British produced a number of historically very popular hats including the newsboy caps and the ivy caps, which are typically made of wool. As mentioned before, the climate in the UK is cold and damp, making woolen headwear the ideal purchase because they offer durability, warmth, and fashion.

The Evolution of Woolen Hats

Human beings began domesticating sheep around 10,000 BC and began spinning wool around 5,000 BC. In fact, sheep's hair used to look and feel more like deer hair, except for the hair on the stomach. The hair on the stomach was more useful than the hair on the rest of the sheep so farmers began breeding sheep with the most hair on the stomach. After thousands of years of breeding, we arrived at the sheep we see today.

Because wool is easier to prepare for spinning and easier to spin than other fibers, it's typically less expensive than other cloths. Wool is also warmer and more durable than cotton. Given these facts, it makes perfect sense that people have used this material to make hats for literally thousands of years. It's the quickest, cheapest, best-looking way to stay warm and comfortable.


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