Story: Rural clothing

Broad-brimmed hats

Broad-brimmed hats

In early New Zealand if you lost your hat you needn’t worry if you had a weaver in your party. Broad-brimmed hats, such as the ones shown in Walter Mantell’s 1848 drawing of a surveying party near Moeraki, could easily be woven from cabbage-tree or flax leaves.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
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Drawing by Walter Baldock Durrant Mantell

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Bronwyn Labrum, 'Rural clothing - Hats, footwear and oilskins', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 May 2024)

Story by Bronwyn Labrum, published 24 Nov 2008