Colonial helmet colonial hats
Colonial helmet - colonial hats
Rigid cork headdress covered with canvas to protect your head from the sun and your face but also from the heat.
Towards the end of the European colonial era (first half of the 20th century) it became the hairstyle symbol of the occupant, since only Europeans wore it. It can be worn by men as well as women and children. Even missionaries used it. The colonial helmet reappears in some fashion collections; let us quote for example: the colonial helmet of Nina Ricci in 1994 in Ostrich skin but also Stetson with his colonial helmet in straw.
The first colonial helmets of the French army, usually covered in white or also ecru cloth. The latter dates from 1878; their high shape gave them the name "sugar loaf". From then on, some South East Asian armies adopted the European colonial helmet (the bodai in Vietnam and the gun knock in Thailand). The English helmet was, as the name indicates, worn by the English troops, the Tommies and the Commonwealth during the two World Wars. This model is quite pointed with small edge down all around.