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.