straw sun hat

Obviously this typically Frisian straw sun hat was an item of luxury and once belonged to the outfit of a rich farmer’s wife or perhaps a noble lady. Wearing it was a little awkward, as it required at least one hand to hold it in place by its ribbon.

Strooien zonhoed overtrokken met bedrukt katoen, 1780-1800

Straw sun hat covered with printed cotton, 1780-1800

These hats used to be worn by wealthy ladies to retain their pale complexions. Suntanned skins were for the working class.

Frisian fashion prescribed that these hats were worn over of the precious lace ‘German’ cap.