Thursday, January 02, 2014

Project Cubbins: Hat 221 - Riff Raffia Edition

Day 221 / Hat 221: Purple raffia stingy brim fedora with black grosgrain hatband detail. Interior tag reads: "D&Y style#: AFD8520." This hat is a loaner to the Project from the Ingrid Schmidt headgear archives.

The D&Y stands for David & Young, and based on the style number, it appears to be this "Simply Basic Raffia Fedora" listed at their website.

Raffia is one of those fiber/textile things I kind of knew of but not much about -- until today. Turns out there are some 20 species in the Raphia palm genus (so sayeth Wikipedia, anyway) and the part that's commonly dyed and woven as a textile (like in the hat I'm sporting) is a membrane "on the underside of each individual frond leaf."

Apparently the sap of the raffia palm can also be used to make a type of palm wine known as "dibondo" (or at least that's what it's called in the Democratic Republic of Congo --  based on my cursory search of the interwebs).

I'll drink to that!

PC 220: Happy New Year!
PC 219: Wearing Washburn
PC 218: State Traditions

Q: OK, nice hat -- but what exactly is Project Cubbins, anyway?

A: One man's homage to Dr. Seuss and his second book, "The 500 Hats of Bartholemew Cubbins," which is celebrating the 75th anniversary of its publication in 2013, Project Cubbins is an attempt to document the wearing of a different hat or piece of headgear every day for 500 consecutive days. No do-aheads, no banking of hats, no retroactive entries. PC started on May 27, 2013 with Hat 1
Got hats? If you loan 'em, you'll get e'm back safe and sound!

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