Tuesday, April 16, 2024

One Strange Hat: The Deep Dish Sombrero

 April 16, 2024

   Several years ago I ran across one of the strangest hat styles I have ever encountered in my many years of studying and collecting hats. 

A Bad Basket Gone Awry Sombrero?

   At first I thought it was a one-off, some weird byproduct of a basket weaver converting a wicker basket into a sombrero. But then, I started noticing more of these deep dish hats in photographs, like this one:

Deep Dish Sombrero Exhibit B

   And, then I began to spot more. . .

Deep Dish Sombrero Exhibit C

   And more. . .

Deep Dish Sombrero Exhibit D

(the dude in the doorway)

Deep Dish Sombrero Exhibit E

Deep Dish Sombrero Exhibit F

Deep Dish Sombrero?

Or a literal basket on the head of a vendor?


   So, what is this strange style of headgear called? Did it have a name? Was it prevalent in one region of Mexico? Did it have a function, besides shade? Who thought it was cool to wear? Why do we not see these styles in Westerns?

"I see by your outfit you enjoy being a basket head."

—Old Vaquero Saying

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