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Hats, Caps, and Headdresses: An Introduction

Clothing and adornment go back far in human history. As unique characteristics among humans, clothing and adornments have played an integral role in self-expression. What we wear, how we wear it and why, are a means of communication. Through our clothing and adornments, we speak to others and express our lives, cultures, traditions, views, and roles in society.

 Headpieces, as a type of adornment, are known by many names such as hats, caps, headbands, and head cloths. Like the different names, headpieces come in many styles and shapes. More importantly, they hold different meanings depending on the culture or society. While some headpieces are only worn during special occasions, others are worn daily. Some have important cultural meanings and functions, whereas others are simply decorative.