Hat anatomy and vocabulary guide part 5

Panama hat guide

Hat anatomy and vocabulary guide part 5

Hat crown shapes, number 4: telescope

Also known as the flat top, which is typically seen on everything from top hats to Gambler hats, straw boaters, and porkpie hats. This crown shape either features a totally flat top crown or a slight lip that runs around the perimeter of the crown at a very small depth.

Hat crown shapes, number 5: open crown

Finally, there is the open or round crown which simply refers to the natural shape of the crown before it is shaped into a different style. Also, the crown can be left in a round shape for some styles such as the bowler or derby hat.

Common hat construction materials, number 1: cotton

Cotton hats are usually quite durable and also sometimes packable or crushable and they are typically on the softer side as compared to some other construction materials.

Common hat construction materials, number 2: wool felt

One of the most common construction materials for traditional men’s hats is wool felt which is crafted by pressing together wool fibers and applying heat and moisture which makes the fibers matte together into a cohesive surface. Like cotton, wool felt is soft and can come in just about any color.

Common hat construction materials, number 3: fur felt

Fur felt is created in the same manner as wool felt but typically in finer and often even softer materials and most often from beaver or rabbit pelts. Fur felt is noticeably softer to the touch than wool felt and as such, you can expect to pay a higher price for the increase in quality and luxury.

Common hat construction materials, number 4: straw

There are a great many varieties of straw used to make hats which vary slightly in strength, durability, and color. For example, raffia is a straw used to make many packable and crushable hats whereas straw coming from the toquilla palm is commonly used in the construction of Panama hats. Most any type of straw can theoretically be woven into a hat but higher quality selections are typically handpicked for their evenness in color, texture, and pattern.