spacer.gif - 809 Byteslogo.gif - 5944 Bytes
spacer.gif - 369 Bytes
button_welcome.gif - 6004 Bytes
spacer.gif - 369 Bytes
button_History.gif - 5880 Bytes
spacer.gif - 369 Bytes
button_tours.gif - 5531 Bytes
spacer.gif - 369 Bytes
button_special.gif - 5531 Bytes
spacer.gif - 369 Bytes
button_gift.gif - 6094 Bytes
spacer.gif - 369 Bytes
button_Help.gif - 6177 Bytes
spacer.gif - 369 Bytes
button_contact.gif - 5800 Bytes
spacer.gif - 369 Bytes
Links

title_hats.gif - 30819 Bytes
Welcome to the Straw Hats and Bonnets Tour!

bonnetmaker.jpg - 17930 BytesHead coverings have been around for nearly as long as people have been on this earth. Hats have been worn throughout the centuries for many of the same reasons they are worn today: Protection from heat and cold, decoration, religious belief and ceremonial rites.

People have long used the materials that they have around them. For many cultures of grain growers, this meant an abundance of straw. Straw was used not only for feeding stock and stuffing mattresses, but in personal attire as well. In other sections of this site, you will see items made of straw like rain capes, shoes, and lace trimmings for clothing.

This tour will guide you through some of the Straw Hats and Bonnets in our collection.



bar.gif - 1436 Bytes
All information, photographs and other artwork contained in this site are Copyrighted by
The American Museum of Straw Art. Reproduction of any material is prohibited without
prior written permission.
bar.gif - 1436 Bytes