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This concise encyclopedia examines headwear around the world, from ancient times to the modern era, comprising entries that address cultural significance, religion, historical events, geography, demographic and ethnic issues, fashion, and contemporary trends.
Are feathers from endangered bird species still commonly used on hats? Why do many Muslim women cover their heads? How has advancing technology influenced modern headwear? This concise encyclopedia provides the answers to these questions and many more regarding headwear and human culture in its examination of headwear around the world. It examines topics from ancient times to the modern era, providing not only detailed physical descriptions and historical facts but also information that addresses cultural significance, religion, historical events, geography, demographic and ethnic issues, fashion, and contemporary trends. The entries reveal fascinating insights into headwear as historical, aesthetic, fashion, utilitarian, mystical, and symbolic apparel, and supplies comprehensive analyses of hats across the globe unavailable in the existing literature.
- Vividly documents the fundamental human experience and universal practice of adorning the head
Highlights the global community and cultural linkages of headwear function, material, and style
Directly relates hats to race, religion, ethnicity, gender, usage, and form
Enables greater understanding of human diversity throughout time by tracing the development of headgear
Provides dozens of sidebars to pique reader interest and offer short, witty, funny, or pertinent content
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"From the historical to the cultural, the balaclava to the burqa, this entertaining compendium has a hat for all occasions – and not only hats, but also examples of caps, crowns, wigs, and veils."
"Many entries include references for further reading and research. Summing Up: Recommended."
"Entries are easy-to-read yet complete and provide a nice springboard for further research. Overall, this is a nice addition to any library with patrons interested in fashion or the history of clothing."
"An absorbing cultural study for those fascinated by fascinators and more."
"With the publication of this title, researchers in fashion and costume history now have a well-researched reference work in which to find the history, significance, and meaning behind hats and headwear worn throughout the world."
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