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A collection of headgear

Headgear, headwear or headdress is the name given to any element of which is worn on one's.

Headgears serve a variety of purposes:

  • (against impact, cold, heat, rain and other, glare,,,, contaminants, etc.)
  • to keep hair contained or tidy
  • or
  • religious purposes
  • medical purposes
  • ;
  • distinction; a of office
  • sport uniform


Overview of headgear types[]


, as worn by women and girls, were wear hats worn outdoors which were secured by tying under the chin, and often which had some kind of peak or visor. Some styles of bonnets had peaks so large that they effectively prevented women from looking right or left without turning their heads. Bonnets worn by men and boys are generally distinguished from hats by being soft and having no brim—this usage is now rare (they would normally be called caps today, except in where the "bunnet" is common in both civilian life and in the ).


are generally soft and often have no brim or just a peak (like on a baseball cap). For many centuries women wore a variety of head-coverings which were called caps. For example, in the 18th and 19th centuries a cap was a kind of head covering made of a flimsy fabric such as ; it was worn indoors or under a bonnet by married women, or older unmarried women who were "on the shelf" (e.g. ). An is part of traditional costume.


Some headgear, such as the,, and, have evolved into jewelry. These headgear are worn as a symbol of nobility or royal status. is part of traditional dress, often worn by nobility.


A or is a round band worn around the head and over the hair. Elaborate and costly versions of these eventually evolved into, but fillets could be made from woven bands of,, or. Fillets are unisex, and are especially prevalent in archaic to dress.

Hair covers[]

are used to prevent loose hair from contaminating food or work areas. A is a net or fabric bag pinned or tied on at the back of a woman's head for holding the hair. are used to protect styled hair or keep it tidy. Shower caps and prevent hair from becoming wet or entangled during activity.


often have a brim all the way around the rim, and may be either placed on the head, or secured with hat-pins (which are pushed through the hat and the hair). Depending on the type of hat, they may be properly worn by men, by women or by both sexes.


are designed to protect the head, and sometimes the neck, from injury. They are usually rigid, and offer protection from blows. Helmets are commonly worn in, on construction sites and in many (most commonly being associated with ). In most of the United States they are required by law for anyone operating a range of vehicles including motorcycles, and sometimes extending to bicycles and skateboards.


Modern are generally soft headcoverings which are an integral part of a larger garment, like an, or.

Historically, were either similar to modern hoods, or a separate form of headgear. In medieval hoods with short capes, called in French, were extremely common, and later evolved into elaborate and adaptable hats. Women's hoods varied from close-fitting, soft headgear to stiffened, structured hoods (e.g., or ) or very large coverings made of material over a frame which fashionable women wore over towering wigs or hairstyles to protect them from the elements (e.g. calash).


A is worn over part or all of the face, frequently to disguise the wearer, but sometimes to protect the face. Masks are often worn for pleasure to disguise the wearer at fancy dress parties, masqued balls, during or other festivals, or as part of an artistic performance. They may also be worn by criminals to prevent recognition or as camouflage while they commit a crime. Masks which physically protect the wearer vary in design, from guard bars across the face in the case of ice hockey goalkeepers, to facial enclosures which purify or control the wearer's air supply, as in.

Orthodontic headgear[]

Main article:

Full orthodontic headgear with headcap, fitting straps, facebow and elastics

Orthodontic headgear is used to control the growth of the and bones during treatment.The most common treatment headgear is used for is to correct anteroposterior discrepancies. The headgear attaches to the braces via metal hooks or a facebow. Straps or a head cap anchor the headgear to the back of the head or neck. In some situations, both are used.

Elastic bands are used to apply pressure to the bow or hooks which is then transferred to the patients teeth and jaw. Its purpose is to slow or stop the upper jaw from growing, thereby preventing or correcting an overjet. Other forms of headgear treat reverse overjets, in which the top jaw is not forward enough. It is similar to a facemask, also attached to braces, and encourages forward growth of the upper jaw.


Moche ceramic vessel depicting a man wearing a turban. Collection. Lima-Peru

are headgear, mostly for males, made up from a single piece of cloth which is wrapped around the head in a wide variety of styles. Turban is the best known word in English for a large category of headgear and general head wraps traditionally worn in many parts of the world. All over the world Sikhs wear a turban as religious headgear and Muslims also commonly wear similar coverings

Turbans for women are a popular choice during chemotherapy treatment as an alternative to wigs, hats, headscarves and headbands. Sikh women also wear turbans as a religious practice. Turbans for women made in natural fabrics are both comfortable and functional. The Breast Cancer Care booklet, Breast cancer and hair loss suggests "You may want to wear a soft hat or turban in bed to collect loose hairs"

Veils and head wraps[]

woman veiled in a shawl.

A is a piece of sheer fabric that covers all or part of the face. For centuries women covered their hair, neck, ears, chin, and parts of the face with fabric. Each culture created elaborate head wraps for women and men using a,, or veil. Very elaborate veiling practices are common in, and. Women who don't cover their head on a regular basis, often use a veil in traditional and ceremonies.


are headpieces made from natural or synthetic hair which may be worn to disguise or thin hair, or as part of a. A may be worn by a man to cover partial baldness. In most nations, special wigs are also worn by,, and certain officials as a symbol of the office.


Protection or defense[]

A "" or "tagelmoust", worn by men and women in Saharan Africa as protection against wind and sand Moche ceramic vessel showing a warrior wearing headgear. Collection. Lima, Peru.

There are also the full range of. There are also hats that are worn for protection from the cold. These include many varieties of fur hats, and also the.


Headgear is also an article of. The formal man's black silk top hat was formerly an indispensable portion of the suit, and women's hats have, over the years, attained a fantastic number of shapes ranging from immense confections to no more than a few bits of cloth and decorations piled on top of the head. Some hats, such as, are showpiece creations created more as works of art than as practical items of fashion, and may be worth thousands or millions of dollars. Recently, the hat as an article of formal wear has fallen out of fashion, though some kinds of hats other than baseball caps may be included in young people's subcultural fashions.

Religious significance[]

Woman wearing a scarf wrapped around her head and face as a, a popular style in the Levant region.

See also:

Some headgear is worn for religious practice.

In Judaism, men cover their heads out of reverence for. religious headgear for men include small cloth skull-caps, called or yarmulkes. Some men wear them at all times, others in the synagogue. In Orthodox and Hasidic Judaism, the kippah may also be additionally covered by hats such as fedoras or. Traditional married women cover their hair in various ways, such as with headscarfs, called, snoods, or wigs, called sheitels according to the principles and of.

Similar to the yarmulke is the worn by. Other forms of apostolic headgear include the,, tasselled cardinal's hat, and the. Orthodox Christian clergy and often wear a, a, or a. See also the. The term red hat, when used within the, refers to the appointment of a, a senior Prince of the Church, who is a member of the that chooses the. On being appointed to the cardinalate, he is said to have received the red hat, or cardinal's biretta. Traditionally Christian women were required to wear a headscarf while in Church, however this custom has been in decline since the 1900s and is only followed by women of certain denominations and cultures.

Male are required to wear. Some Sikh women also wear a turban however it is not a requirement for female Sikhs. Turbans are also worn by Muslims especially among, who regard turban-wearing as Sunnah Mu'akkadah (confirmed tradition).

In, the, or headscarf, is worn by women because it is considered modest. Muslim men also wear a skullcap called a "" or. Until more recent times, men in most Muslim societies were rarely seen without headdress of some sort. The originating in the is worn by, and. Conservative Muslims in and, especially in the rural areas, are often seen wearing a thin kopiah.

The black satin headgear called or known as fenta or topi is a pillbox-shaped skullcap, worn by. It is considered by some in the Zoroastrian religion to be of vital spiritual importance. In earlier times, a saucer-shaped, red-and-white-striped kipah was the hallmark of the Zoroastrian.

priests in wear the (more commonly known as the mao-tzu, 帽子 màozi), the classic skullcap that is the most like the Jewish tradition. In, the cap is more in the form of a pillbox and is called the boshi (帽子). Though not of ecclesiastical significance, the Buddhist skullcap does denote something about the priest's standing in the community.

Some have chosen to wear a in identity photographs as "", when headgear in identity photographs are only permitted on religious grounds.

Symbol of status or office[]

Headgear such as crowns and tiaras are worn in recognition of noble status especially among royalty. Wigs are worn traditionally by judges and barristers of Commonwealth nations. Feathered headpieces, such as the of cultures, are worn by various Native North American and South American.


In the culture derived from tradition, removing one's headgear is a sign of respect, making oneself more open, humble or vulnerable, much like bowing or kneeling. This is as if to say, "I acknowledge that you are more powerful than I am, I make myself vulnerable to show I pose no threat to you and respect you." Men's hats are removed in Church, and not removing them is usually frowned upon. Women, however, are required to wear a hat to cover the head in some churches based on.

In the tradition, the converse idea equally shows respect for the superior authority of God. Wearing a or means the wearer is acknowledging the vast gulf of power, wisdom, and authority that separates God from mankind. It is a sign of humility to wear a yarmulke. There is a common phrase that explains this, saying that "there's always something above you" if you're wearing a yarmulke, helping you remember you're human and God is infinite. A Talmudic quote speaks of a righteous man who would "not walk (six feet) with an uncovered head, the (spirit of God) is always above him". Jews also may wear a fur hat or a black hat with a brim.

In etiquette, wearing headgear is perfectly permissible while saying prayers at a, see for further information.

In the, there are specific rules about when and where to wear a hat. Hats are generally worn outdoors only, at sea as well as on land; however, personnel carrying firearms typically also wear their hats indoors. Removing one's hat is also a form of. Many also have this rule due to the fact that many younger men tend to wear baseball caps and this being in relations to depending on the side in which the hat is worn.

As a guideline, a man should remove his hat to show respect for the dead, when a is played or in the presence of royalty, in a church or courtroom, and during other solemn occasions, when meeting someone, and indoors while in the presence of a lady (though there is no actual relationship to uncovered heads and any of those places and situations). A woman may continue wearing her hat, unless she is wearing what is considered a unisex hat, such as a baseball cap, when she should remove her hat as well. Women usually do not take off their hats in these situations because they may be carefully pinned to their hair but take off their hats only in their own homes.

Finally, the hat can be raised (briefly removed and replaced, with either hand), or (touched or tilted forward) as a greeting.


There are two types of hats: with brims and without. Necessity and are the reason people wear hats. The first manufactured hats were nothing more than a round piece of. A circle of holes about the size of one's head was punched in the leather, and a string was then woven through those holes and pulled tight to hold the hat snugly to the head. The hatband separated the from the brim.

The wide floppy brim was tied up with a, to keep it out of one’s. Some times when the ribbon was off they would see that the brim stayed curled by itself. This led to the hand-curled brim.

Brims were bound with ribbon to keep them from fraying after being trimmed with the. Although advancements in materials have eliminated the need for binding the brim, or pinning it up, the remains. We must keep our brims curled up because long ago did not know how to stiffen a brim.

When men went off to do it was customary to wear a from their loved one. Because men were mostly right-handed they lead when with the right side. At first they would stick the feather in the adjusting hatband. Unless they wanted to fight blind, surviving moved the feather and knot, to the left side of the hat, where it remains today. As time went on, they would wrap a ribbon around the crown to hold the feather and hide the tie string knot.

When leather turned to some protection was needed to keep the soft from falling on people’s, this is where the lining came from. Even though hats are stiff enough not to collapse, the custom remains. Individual sizing eliminated the need for the tie string, but the bow remains at the back of the hat, serving as a to bygone hatters. What has evolved from necessity later became fashion.

Hats like the were designed from the fur up, to provide a lightweight all-weather shield from the climatic conditions of the American West. Hats like the baseball cap were designed to provide shade.

Tsimshian (Native American). Wooden Skull Headdress, late 19th century,, Skull imagery is usually associated with the Tánis (Hamatsa) ceremony practiced by the Heiltsuk and people. The skull symbolizes the rebirth of initiates as they come back from the dead

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