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Vintage Bolivian Bowler Hat
Vintage Bolivian Bowler Hat
Vintage Bolivian Bowler Hat
Vintage Bolivian Bowler Hat
Vintage Bolivian Bowler Hat
Vintage Bolivian Bowler Hat

Vintage Bolivian Bowler Hat

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Vintage Bolivian Bowler Hat

This vintage Bolivian bowler hat comes from the La Paz Department. It was traditionally worn by cholitas - Bolivian indigenous women. It has a gorgeous green color and will top off all your autumnal outfits nicely. 

Excellent vintage condition.

measurements

6" X 7" inside {Bolivian size 4}

Story about the hat

As legend has it, the popularity of the hat, known as a borsalino, arose from a mistake. At the turn of the 20th century, a large shipment of hats was ordered from Europe for railway workers, but they were too small. Rather than send them back, the hats were given to the local women. Some versions of the story say the women were told wearing the hat would help with fertility, others that a savvy hat merchant marketed them to the women as being all the rage in Europe.

Whatever the case, the trend caught on and, along with the layered skirts and shawls, the borsalino became an integral part of traditional dress and cultural identity.

info source: National Geographic

- made in Bolivia

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