Hats and caps have been a popular accessory to men and women alike over the years. They have held a fascination for people, and they have been a part of fashion for a long time. Headgears and various forms of items worn over the head have been a part of various cultures around the world. Caps and hats have also existed as a fashion statement. Hats and caps have become signature styles for different personalities throughout history.
Let us look at some of the primary reasons why people have used hats and caps as accessories and continue to do so.
1. Protection against the Weather:
One of the significant reasons for wearing a cap or a hat is to protect the head from the weather conditions outdoors. Caps and hats protect the head from direct sunlight, and the rim provides shade for the eyes. Since ancient times, people who have worked outdoors have worn hats or hat-shaped articles over the head to protect themselves against the sun. Chinese farmers of olden days used to make a hat out of straw and wore it to protect their head from the sun, rain, and often hail or mist.
2. Sweat Absorption:
Another great use of caps and hats is to absorb the sweat that forms on the head on a warm day. Sweat that originates from your scalp is not very healthy as it can settle down and lead to catching a cold. Also, sweat that settles and dries on the scalp is harmful to hair. Wearing caps can absorb the sweat instead of letting it settle on the scalp.
Hats became an integral part of formal wear in many cultures of the western world. Several types of hats are available which complement different kinds of formal wear or are used on specific occasions. Caps are of a more recent origin, and they are usually informal. Caps grip tightly on to the head, and so caps are more in use by people who work outdoors.
Caps are available in different prints, and various prints have become symbolic for different groups or organisations like the military or a sports team. These days you can make a hat [โรงงานหมวก, which is the term in Thai] or a cap as you please. Many stores offer you services to have customised prints or designs on caps so that they can become a more personalised accessory.
Caps have been in increasing use over the years. Caps have also served as souvenirs, and they have contributed to making wearers look cool.