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Caribbean Headwear

Beverly Chico

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Latin America and the Caribbean 2005

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Since the sixteenth century, many types of headpieces have been worn by Caribbean islanders, depending on various factors including ethnicity, climate, and communal events. European colonizers usually brought and wore hats and styles from their respective countries. They generally became the ruling elite, their headwear communicating their status, and Creoles (descendants of European settlers) usually wore European styles. The headgear that arrived during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries

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