Caps and hats

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Caps and hats

In Dutch regional costumes the head is always covered. Men wear a simple hat or cap, while women sometimes wear a complex combination of caps and associated adornments. This headwear often reveals where a person comes from. In some cases little details can also give you an insight into the wearer’s occupation, religion or financial situation. Young people are also keen to avoid looking exactly the same as older people when wearing their regional costume. As a result, headwear fashions have evolved over the years. The examples shown in this overview offer an insight into the wide range of hats and caps that have formed part of Dutch regional costumes.