Traditional bowler hat

Traditional bowler hat

Clothing of Bolivian Andean women of indigenous descent includes the pollera (pleated-skirt) and the 19th century European bowler hat. Bowler hats (called a bombín in Spanish) have been worn by Quechua and Aymara women in Bolivia since the 1920s when a shipment of bowler hats was reportedly sent from Europe to Bolivia via Peru for use by Europeans working on the construction of the railroads. There is a controversy about this and it is not known for sure how and why the tradition arose – it might have been an overproduction or the hats were found to be too small for the men (?)
Uyuni, Bolivia


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