Hats By Katrinka

Kate Brown Pernia is a Milliner on sabbatical in Switzerland. She has been designing hats and teaching millinery under her Katrinka label since the 1980s. Kate is also the founder of Houston Hat Net. View Katrinka hats and hat patterns at www.hatsbykatrinka.com.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

More Appenzeller Hats

Returned to the Olma yesterday and captured these Appenzeller Hüte which are used in the traditional Silvesterklause or New Year’s celebration. The huge hats are worn by men (even the female costumes) and the large cowbells are the same as those really used on cows. Oooof! The Kinder are dressed in another type of Silvester costumes and are made completely of natural woodland materials.
For an interesting description of the Silvesterklause tradition see http://www.appenzell.ch/d/kultur/silvesterklausen.php and to hear a smidgen of the Appenzeller yodeling visit http://www.appenzellermusik.ch/ . Kate Q:-)

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