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Friday, April 7, 2017

19th Century Slat or Prairie Bonnet - an Everyday Hat

Attracted historically, not aesthetically, to this bonnet which seems clever in its functional design. Wooden slats helped the bonnet frame and shield the face from sun during work outdoors. The back flap or "bavolet" shaded the neck. 

Gardening last summer, I wore a large cloth sunhat anchored to my head with a rectangular silk scarf tied beneath the chin - but this bonnet seems preferable.

Slat or Prairie Bonnet, 19th C. - at Macon County Historical Society Museum, photo JHH

Slat or Prairie Bonnet, 19th C. - side view showing wooden slat channels. Photo JHH