The Andean alternative chullo caps

Now that winter is coming (in the northern hemisphere), time has come to talk about small woollen hats that are popular in the Andes mountains. They are small, they are really warm, and its name is written in Quechua, the language of the defunct Inca empire. Yes, I am talking about chullo caps.

Given their origin, chullo hats (or just Chullos – check the pronunciation here) are common where the Inca empire existed: Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Chile. All of them were hand-knit originally; but nowadays machine knitting has eased and added more variety to their production.

The origin of Chullos is still a matter of controversy among scholars. Most seem to agree that Chullos are as old as the pre-Inca civilizations that developed in the Andes mountains; others state they are an Inca headgear; while others state that Chullos began being knit after the arrival of Spaniards to America (as an adaptation of a European garment, maybe a cap).

Historians may take a while to research and reach a conclusion, so let’s focus on the hat itself. Chullos are pretty, warm, colorful and so different to other caps it is worth taking a look at them in greater detail.

What Are Chullos Made From?

Peruvian hats are all made from wool. There were not sheep in the Andes before the arrival of Spaniards in the 16th century, so Chullos are traditionally made from llama, alpaca and (rarely) vicuña wools. Now-adays you can also find chullo hats made of sheep wool, but they are still uncommon. Most of them are made of llama or alpaca wool. Using baby alpaca wool to knit them would make them finer and more valuable; while using vicuña wool would really make them a luxury item. During the Tawantinsuyo (which was the name of the Inca empire in Quechua), only an Inca and his family were allowed to use vicuña in their garments because vicuñas give very little wool, and you need to fleece many of them to get enough wool to do anything. Read more »


Baseball Hats Pictures

Business people constantly think about different ways to enhance the success of their company. There are indeed a lot of things that decides the success of a company. One of the important things that lead to a company’s success is boosting employee morale. None of the businessman in the world can find success in their business without boosting employee morale. Boosting employee morale is a challenging task but it is essential. The successful business people understand that boosting employee morale can increase productivity and enhance employee satisfaction a great deal. Superior employee morale denotes more productivity, teamwork, and employee retention at your company.

Each employee is dissimilar and their character is absolutely diverse. But, all of the people have similar needs in the workplace and they give importance to working in a favorable condition. They need support from the management and better relationship with senior workers. Employees generally want to be heard, feel appreciated, respected and be treated fairly and with reverence. Since employee morale can swiftly generate or smash a company’s success, great employers used to keep close eye on boosting employee morale. They seek to implement simple and inventive methods to reinforce it. Best managers recognize that contented employees are loyal, productive employees and they need to get better employee satisfaction.

There are indeed many ways that help employers to enhance employee morale. Employee orientation, positive work environment, provide competitive benefits, workforce engagement, develop skills, recognition & rewards, track job satisfaction, etc are some of the effective ways that aid employers to boost employee morale. Employees regularly need a bit of assistance to remain engaged and motivated. Small, big and average businesses have got to give assistance to employees to maintain them engaged and motivated. Managers who make the most of the possible, creative skills and talents of the complete employees have a better competitive benefit than those who don’t. Employees who are motivated in their work have a superior level of job satisfaction. Read more »


Black akubra hats for women

The first thing, or better to say, the first place that comes to mind when speaking about the concept of Akubra and the hats Akubra is, of course, Australia. Akubra hats have been “born” in this country and gaining popularity over time, have crossed the borders of other countries, among them North America.

But what are Akubra hats like? How did they appear in fashion, especially in Australian fashion? What material is used to make them? What is the right way of preserving them for a long time without having them damaged? Find the answer to these and many other questions regarding the famous Australian hats by reading on and revealing the mystery behind these uniquely styled hats with us!

The Origin of Akubra Hats

The term “akubra” came into use around 1912 and derives from an Aboriginal language word that means head covering, a hat. In 1925 Akubra officially became an Australian brand name led by the son-in-law of a famous hat manufacturer known in the 1870s. The company became incredibly popular since the time it started producing its Akubra hats. The term itself has become used for these hats by this company.

Despite the fact that the company produces other types of hats, it’s the Akubra styled hats that have become its symbol. The hats have acquired such a great popularity that people use the term Akubra to refer to any hat of that kind regardless of the manufacturer.

These hats come in different styles and sizes and are especially worn in the rural areas of Australia. But how are these hats made? What material is used in their production? Keep reading to find out the answers! Read more »

Female, Male

A lady wearing Wedding Hat

If you have ever been to or seen a video of a Royal Wedding, you know that wedding hats are the only piece of attire that is spoken almost as much as the bride’s dress. Hats are part of British wedding tradition for women. As with anything about women’s fashion, there has to be a lot of attention to detail when choosing the perfect hat for a wedding.

This article will try to guide you on how to choose the perfect hat for a wedding and how you can wear it best.

1. Bigger Is Not Always Better

If you are considering hiding your untamed hair under the wide brim of a hat, you may have to take a few things into consideration. Although big hats are considered very fashion-forward and exude an air of sophistication and mystery, the time of day dictates what size of hat you should wear. What many people forget that the practical purpose of a hat is to protect your face and neck from the blaring rays of the sun. With this in mind, it is considered vulgar and extravagant to wear a large-brimmed hat early in the morning or in the evening when the sun isn’t out. As a rule of thumb, the size of the hat should decrease as the day goes by.

2. Colour of the Hat

It’s rather obvious that it is considered rude to wear a white hat at a wedding. This should be left for the bride. Wedding Hats and Fascinators come in a variety of colours, prints and designs that you can choose from. Generally, you should also avoid wearing a black hat at weddings as it is a time for celebration not mourning. If you insist on wearing a dark shaded hat, go for navy hues and a brighter dress. You may fancy a hat at the store but always make sure it complements the outfit you are wearing on the wedding day. Read more »

Female, Male, Unisex

Straw hat

Long gone are the days when hats were only worn by men and women in uniform or baseball players. It is an accessory and a much-needed one at that. They are a great investment, just like expensive jewelry or a beautiful pair of shoes, and you would want it to look its very best for as long as possible. Which means, your hat needs plenty of TLC.
By taking good care of your hat it can last you your whole life. Here are tips to take care of, and clean, your hats, increasing the longevity of it and keep it looking fresh and brand new.

1. Read the Instructions Tab on the Inside of the Hat

Always, before cleaning your hat, carefully read the instructions tab inside your hat. Mostly it is attached, or sewn into, the sweatband. Following the tab’s unique instructions will ensure that you don’t damage your hat unnecessarily.

2. Storing Your Hat

Always, when putting your hat down on a flat surface, lay it upside down on its own crown, not on its brim. Leaving it on its brim will cause it to flatten out and change shape. You can also hang your hat on a hat rack, just ensure the hook or peg is wide enough to not create a dimple in the hat. However, it is not wise to store your hat on a peg for long periods of time – the force of gravity pulling on the hat can change its shape too. The best place to store a hat is in a hat box – these boxes will support the brim and the crown. Keep the box in a cool, dry place. If you hat boxes are placed near heat or damp areas, it can damage your hat. To keep moths at bay, place some lavender or cedar in the box.

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Beard hat with beanie

Have you ever wondered about the beard hat which are hitting the fashion streets these days? These are really getting into vogue. In winters, these have a special demand. Beard-Hats the best way to keep your head and face warm. So, these allow you to keep your face warm and do your daily chores without being restricted to a particular area as happens when you use a heater. So, what kind are these actually? Let’s have an overview of this piece of art which has blown people’s minds and have set a new trend in vogue.

What is a beard hat? The name is itself indicative of its meaning. It’s a hat like a beard, for your beard and worn like a beard. That’s classic, isn’t it?

History and Invention of Beard Hats

This innovative fashion work was invented by Jeff Phillips born in Canada. He’s winter devotee and is passionate for snowboarding. As they say, ‘necessity is the mother of invention’. A similar situation occurred to Jeff. Jeff was pursuing powder runs all around the world when in late 2006 he came up with his first ever make-shift Bearded. He did all this while he was on the top of the Blackcomb Mountain in 7th heaven.

It’s nothing to wonder about that how different the first sample would have been. It was far less than what it has been now refined too. It was far away from the word perfection. The very first model was made using an old woven scarf with a hole in it. Since the hat was hand-knitted, it proved to be very effective in cold weather and areas of high altitude. Therefore it proved ideal for people living in northern areas and for the hikers. Read more »