Monthly Archives: July 2014


The beginning of hat making in North America

Originally hats which were made from felt were produced by using animal fur, mostly beaver fur. The fur was combined with other fiber like wool by adding pressure, moisture and heat. At that time the best hats were made of beaver skin and many a time’s the men’s hats were referred as beavers. These hats had become very famous in the middle ages. But by the end of fourteenth century the cost of the beaver hats came down and was mostly produced in Low Countries.

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The history of felt material

Felt can be called as the oldest fabric known to man and to prove this there are many ancient writings on felt. As felt does not need to be produced by loom and is not even woven, it was easy for the ancient man to make it. Some of the remains of felt products were discovered in the tombs of horsemen of ‘Siberian Tlai Mountains’ in 700 BC. The tribes of nomadic horsemen made saddles, tents and clothes from felt material because it had high resistance against snowy and wet weather.

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