Origin of Hat Wearing
Hats have been worn for centuries by mankind in different countries, the history of hats give a glimpse of the evolution of this fashion accessory
The head is one of the most important parts of the human body containing the vital organs like the brain; hence it is important to protect the head against impact by hard objects. Hence mankind has always worn some kind of headgear like hats or caps both for practical reasons like protecting the head and as a fashion accessory. The face is the first thing that is noticed about a person, and the hat can be used to enhance the appearance or hide the face as required. Primitive men used basic headgear to protect themselves especially their heads from rocks, branches and fruits.
Over the period of time, the hats worn have evolved in design and fashion. In the Edwardian era hats were a must have and everyone wore a hat, except the very poor. Both men and women would wear often wear several hats in a day to suit the event or appointment. Milliners specializing in elaborate hats came into business since 1700. The hats were intricately designed, with feathers and plumes, often of very rare species of birds. In some cases, the demands for feathers of certain rare birds like osprey lead to their near extinction. Hence a request was made to ruler to ban the use of these feathers in hats.
However, there has been a significant decline in the wearing of hats today, as people spend more time indoors, and the interaction with strangers is reduced. Today hats are largely restricted to formal occasions like weddings, parties and social events like sports events such Wimbledon, or horse races. The hats may be very intricate and match the garments worn by the woman or man on that occasion. However in industrial applications like and for construction, wearing of hats is compulsory due to the safety regulations in most countries, as the damage caused by falling objects is reduced.