Behind the Design

The History of the Sombrero

January 18, 2018

The Sombrero is a broad-brimmed, high-crowned hat made of felt or straw, worn especially in Spain, Mexico, and the southwestern United States. The sombrero, its name derived from the Spanish word sombra, meaning "shade," first appeared in the 15th century.

History buffs might be interested to know that Sombreros, like the cowboy hats invented later, were designed in response to the demands of the physical environment. The concept of a broad-brimmed hat worn by a rider on horseback can be seen as far back as the Mongolian horsemen of the 13th century. In hot, sunny climates hats evolved to have wide brims, which provided shade. The exact origin of the Mexican sombrero is unknown, but it's usually accepted that the hat originated with Mestizo cowboys in Central Mexico.

Since Sombreros are an icon of Mexican culture, they are perfect for almost any festive occasion!

The genuine "Pigalle" sombreros for sale at La Fuente Imports are direct from Mexico and can be used for both formal and party events. These sturdy sombreros are covered in fine felt and stunningly decorated in either silver or gold accents. A chin strap made of decorated string is included to hold the sombrero in place. Don't be fooled by cheap straw imitations!

An authentic Sombrero can be used as wall art by hanging one as a focal point on the wall or grouping several styles and colors together as an art collection. Adding some traditional Mexican Folk Art and/or Home Accessories to your house gives it the hacienda interior design style which many are seeking.

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Black & GoldCharro Sombrero

Black & Gold
Charro Sombrero

Item Number: SOM004
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$49.95 - $59.95
Brown & GoldCharro Fino Sombrero

Brown & Gold
Charro Fino Sombrero

Item Number: SOM006
24"W x 21"D x 7"H

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$99.95
Navy Blue & GoldCharro Sombrero

Navy Blue & Gold
Charro Sombrero

Item Number: SOM001
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$49.95 - $59.95
Tri-Color & GoldCharro Sombrero

Tri-Color & Gold
Charro Sombrero

Item Number: SOM020
24"W x 21"D x 7"H

 
$59.95
Light Blue & GoldCharro Sombrero

Light Blue & Gold
Charro Sombrero

Item Number: SOM017
24"W x 21"D x 7"H

 
$59.95
Tri-Color & SilverCharro Sombrero

Tri-Color & Silver
Charro Sombrero

Item Number: SOM019
24"W x 21"D x 7"H

 
$59.95
Navy Blue & SilverCharro Sombrero

Navy Blue & Silver
Charro Sombrero

Item Number: SOM003
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$49.95 - $59.95
Red, White & GreenCharro Fino Sombrero

Red, White & Green
Charro Fino Sombrero

Item Number: SOM011
24"W x 21"D x 7"H

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$99.95
Black & SilverCharro Sombrero
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Black & Silver
Charro Sombrero

Item Number: SOM002
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Sale $27.97 - $59.95
Reg. $39.95 - $59.95
Black & GoldCharro Fino Sombrero

Black & Gold
Charro Fino Sombrero

Item Number: SOM015
24"W x 21"D x 7"H

 
$99.95
Red & GoldCharro Sombrero

Red & Gold
Charro Sombrero

Item Number: SOM010
24"W x 21"D x 7"H

(2)
$59.95
Black & SilverCharro Fino Sombrero

Black & Silver
Charro Fino Sombrero

Item Number: SOM016
24"W x 21"D x 7"H

 
$99.95

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