Distinctive Warmth Of Fashionable Appeal: The Fur “Ushanka” “Trapper” Hat & Elegant Fur “Toppers”

The Fur "Trapper" Hat:  Stylish Warmth
The Fur “Trapper” Hat & The Topper of Stylish Warmth

Perhaps when faced with what is now referred to as an “arctic blast” or a seemingly “polar vortex”, the donning of a cap of fur may very well seem essential. Alas, the “Trapper” hat. The warmth of fur when the weather takes a turn for intense chill is irreplaceable.  Perhaps there is no greater warmth from Winter’s chill than that of the fur “Trapper” hat. Referred to as a traditional Russian fur Winter hat with ear flaps, known as a “Ushanka”, this hat of stylish warmth is also referred to as an “Shapka” .  A “Shapka” means “hat” for a classical Russian fur hat that is a “round, slightly tapered and brimless fur hat”. With flaps, the hat can be left down for protection and tied under the chin or can be tied up to the crown. Options in hats of protection.   For certain, the best protection from freezing temperatures is covering the ears. Of interest, the term “Ushanka” translates from the Russian as “with ears” and includes the Russian word for “Ushi” meaning “ears”. Of course! It is certainly the original “ear flap” hat that offers the greatest protection of the ears during exposure from the frigid arctic airs that engulf those of us that dwell within the climates that bring Winter’s harshest elements. The classic Russian hat that has inspired an evolution of styles throughout history…

The history of fur hats in cold climates is linked to centuries past. History states that before the European colonization of the Americas, Russia was a major supplier of fur pelts to Western Europe and parts of Asia. Russian fur trappers, called “Promyshlenniki”, began trapping fur during the Early Middle Ages. Quite a history in search of warmth and protection. The lure and appeal of fur would lead the fur trade to eventually become a worldwide trade and further the  interest and  initiative in the exploration of areas such as Siberia and North America. The North American fur trade began during the 1530’s and was a key component in the early relations with the natives of what is now Canada and the United States. It is interesting to note that Russian fur traders from Alaska would establish their largest settlement in California in 1812. Who knew? Either way, a mere appreciation of the history of an object of warmth that would allow for extreme cold temperatures to be endured

Historied Fur Trappers
Historied Fur Trappers

In regards to the “Trapper” hat, it was only during the 19th century that strings were added to the earflaps of the fur hats. During the early 1900s the hat itself became popular with the youth (due to the warmth of the earpieces) as well as young ‘rebels’, particularly in St Petersburg, Russia. Who knew?  A statement, indeed.  Of interest, the referral to the “Trapper” hat as a “Russian Cap” is said to be the result of the Winter War between Russia & Finland during 1939-1940. The Red Army introduced a new winter uniform which included a Ushanka to replace its predecessor – the legendary Red Army felt cap known as the Budyonovka. Since 1940 the “Ushanka” has been an official winter hat not only for the army but also for the militsia (police) in the Soviet Union. Alas, warmth as form and function.

Toppers Of Fur In History & American President, Gerald Ford
Toppers Of Fur In History & American President, Gerald Ford (1974)

The second half of the 20th Century saw the “Ushanka”  become an icon of the Soviet Union.  In 1991, after the fall of the Soviet Union, Russian Winter hats were commercially imported into the United States.  Fashion clearly took hold from there. Although  fur caps of similar design are found throughout China, North Korea, Mongolia , Eastern Europe in addition to the former Soviet Union republics, it appears that the hat of fur will remain referenced to the “Russian Shapka”.

With the natural weight of fur, variations in the variegated depths of fur color and styles, the added indulgent softness of genuine fur is certain to offer luxurious warmth to those it layers. Draping the head, neck and ear of those that seek warmth, the stylish appeal is distinctively a fashion statement of its own right. What was once for necessity perhaps has become a fashionable element of iconic style. Whether real fur or faux, the distinction of the hat itself has endured as form and function.  This fur hat hat of warmth has certainly evolved to become a collection piece within the world of fashion. An object of enduring appeal.  Of course, style and warmth endure and fashion always evolves…

Timeless Warmth In Fur
Timeless Warmth In Fur
Fabulous Fur:  The Adornment of The Fur Hat
Fabulous Fur: The Adornment of The Fur Hat
Russian Interpretations:  The "Trapper" Hat
Russian Interpretations: The “Trapper” Hat
Winter’s Protection: The Stylish Fur “Trapper” Hat
Winter’s Protection: The Stylish Fur “Trapper” Hat
Outdoor Delights Under Layers Of Fur:  The "Trapper" Hat
Outdoor Delights Under Layers Of Fur: The “Trapper” Hat
Fearless Style Facing Any Weather:   The Fur "Trapper" Hat
Fearless Style Facing Any Weather: The Fur “Trapper” Hat
Fur Delight:  The Topper Of Warmth Crowning The Head
Fur Delight: The Topper Of Warmth Crowning The Head
Variations Of Fashionable Fur:  The "Trapper" Hat
Variations Of Fashionable Fur: The “Trapper” Hat
The Fur Hat:  The Arctic Style Of Protection
The Fur Hat: The Arctic Style Of
Protection

Of course, aside from the iconic “Trapper” hat, the mere appreciation of a topper of fur deserves our focus…elegance of fashion’s enduring style with fur, indeed…

Vintage Appeal:  The Fur Hat
Vintage Appeal: The Fur Hat
Fashion's Proclamation:  The Appeal Of The Fur Hat Endures
Fashion’s Proclamation: The Appeal Of The Fur Hat Endures
Crowned With Caps Of Fur:  The Timeless Appeal Of Fashionable Fur
Crowned With Caps Of Fur: The Timeless Appeal Of Fashionable Fur
Elegance With Fur:  The Timeless Style Of Fur Hats
Elegance With Fur: The Timeless Style Of Fur Hats
Fur Impact:  The Embellishment Of Classic Warmth
Fur Impact: The Embellishment Of Classic Warmth

Consider the warmth and luxury of donning a fur “trapper” hat or topper of fur. Style and warmth unite. Whether fur or faux, a distinctive and timeless appeal with options in pairing that delivers a personal fashionable statement of one’s own awaits .  Whether an “arctic snap” faces us or merely a chill that we require extreme warmth from, the topper of “fur” will provide comfort (and style). For those of us that linger within the Winter climates that cause us to brave the elements with a fervor, a crown that lightly cascades around us in protection is a key element in our cache of cold weather attire. Distinctive warmth of enduring fashionable appeal, indeed…

Kristin

PS: Alas, living where the Winter chill settles in, Chicago and its surrounds certainly benefits from the layer of fur crowning the heads of those that dwell within the great Midwest. For certain, a “Trapper” hat will be in my future. Now, to find that perfect hat of enduring warmth….

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6 thoughts on “Distinctive Warmth Of Fashionable Appeal: The Fur “Ushanka” “Trapper” Hat & Elegant Fur “Toppers”

  1. Wow nice photos! I like this type of fur hat. I bought a fox fur hat order from a reputed company Amifur.com at Italy for my sister. This hat is classic style, soft, warm and high quality. It was the best quality materials for me. Thank you for sharing this blog with us.

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