Friday, October 21, 2011

Anatomy of a Haida Hat

The makings of the finest traditional and contemporary Haida Hats.

The Crown
To a hatter, this is the crowning showpiece. On the top and side are the creases or indentations and their varieties are almost limitless.

The Cedar Bark
Choose from Western Red Cedar, or Yellow Cedar Bark. We carefully, sustainably harvest the bark during the best time of the year, around last week of May to the first week of July. Red Cedar bark gives the hat a "memory" to keep its shape in all kinds of weather.

The Brim
As with the crown, the variety of brim styles, make your hat unique.

If the brim is less than 2", it's called a stingy, and was popular in the 60's.  A 2" brim or less is the fedora hat that Frank Sinatra is known for. A 2.5" brim is the most common in the 40s, like the one Bogart wore. If you're getting a 3" brim, that's huge, and is more like a zoot suit type fedora hat.

The Brim Edge
Traditionally there are about 12 different finishing edges that can be used on a hat. Most hats you find that we make will have the three strand braided finished edge.

Beaver Cedar Dance Hat
Cedar Bark Acrylic Paint 
Hat woven by Todd DeVries
Design by Mike Dangeli 
The Hatband
Hatbands fit around the "vamp" of the hat and are made from braided cedar bark. Most hats don't have hatbands, but can be added for decoration.

The Chin Straps
Generally not necessary in most style of hats, this accessory is useful on windy days, or even dancing. Made from leather, or cedar bark rope.

The Head band
Ours is made of Red Cedar bark for strength, made with 5 pieces of 1/4" strands of bark braided together and fits inside traditional Haida hats.

The Fit
If you can give us an accurate measurement of your head circumference (about 1/4" above your ears), we can incorporate that as we build your hat in order for us to make it comfortable. The BEST bet, of course, is to give us a call or meet up to make a perfect custom fit.