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Women's straw sun hat

Date: 1900 - 1920
Overall: 80 x 380 mm, 0.15 kg
Medium: Straw, silk
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Hat
Object No: 00018334

User Terms

    This Edwardian sun hat has a wide straw brim covered with faded black silk and a soft silk crown. A large white feather, possibly from a sea bird such as an albatross, is held in place with a silk bow decorating the side of the hat.

    SignificanceThis straw hat is a rare example of the type of accessories worn by Australian women visiting the seaside in the 1900s.

    HistoryBy the early 1900s a thriving tourist industry had become well established around the seaside towns of Australia. The beach had become a place for rest and recreation.

    Many women took up the fashionable pursuit of promenading along the shore.
    Wearing the 'uniform' of a white day dress, decorated with a white sash and accessorised with veils, hats and parasols, to protect precious complexions from the harsh Australian sun, women enjoyed being ladies of leisure.

    Additional Titles

    Primary title: STRAW HAT

    Web title: Women's straw sun hat

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