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How-to’s: Felt & Straw Hat

Ever wondered how a Felt or Straw hat is made? Well wonder no further.

On our recent visit to China, we thought it would be useful to create a step-by-step guide to show you an insight into making each hat.

 

Felt Hat’s

 

Step One:

Ready made hoods are dipped into buckets of glue to stiffen the hat’s.

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Step Two:

A machine is then used to alter the size of the hood by using a steam process.

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Step Three:

The hood is then transferred over to another machine which is used to set the hat into a blocked shape.

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Step Four:

The hat is now ready to be moulded, a machine is used to press the hat into shape.

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Step Five:

To Finish, the hat is rubbed with sandpaper and wax leaving it with a silky finish and last brush to remove any excess felt.

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Straw Hat’s

Step One:

Similar process to Felt Hat’s, Dipped in glue to stiffen and steamed to be moulded. Edges are then trimmed and sent to the sewing room.

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Step Two:

A plastic band is then attached to bind the edges. Sweatbands and care labels are also then sewn into the Trilby.

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Step Three:

The hat is then sent for a final moulding to finish their shape.

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