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Straw Hat Day is a holiday for all fashionistas and manufacturers of simple and stylish headdress. Periodically, straw hats lose popularity, but fashion’s cyclical.


Straw Hat Holiday origin is unknown. Jack Lambert, owner of New York’s popular hat stores, JJ Hat Center, suggested that its creation was a publicity stunt by manufacturing companies.

Ancient Greek shepherds first wove straw hats for protecting from scorching sun. First models looked like crowns with small fields, equipped with a cord. Later, such hats became obligatory attribute of peasants and travelers. Over time, manufactures began to decorate straw hats with ribbons, wild flowers, fabric pieces. Straw hats have become women’s and men’s stylish accessory.

One of the ancient and recognizable straw hats was a conical hat, used in Asian countries. Such a model protected from the sun and rain, as drops flowed down the cone. Hats were equipped with a thin ribbon, tied under the chin. In some countries, these models are still created by hand.

Interesting Facts

What interesting things do we know about this accessory?

  1. If the hat is woven by hand, it can take up to 6 months to make it, since weaving takes place at sunrise and sunset – at other times the straw becomes brittle.
  2. Initially, only straw hats woven from straw growing in Monte Cristi were called panama hats.
  3. Straw hats can be woven from wheat straw or toquilla plants.

When is Straw Hat Day celebrated in 2022?

Straw Hat Day is observed on May 15 each year.