Straw Hats in the 17th Century


compiled by Caroline Vincent

Book: A Visual History of Costume in the Sixteenth Century.

Illustration of a pamphlet dated 1592 shows countryman weaving a hat of Straw Hat shape which author Jane Ashelford believes
to be made of straw – “The Countryman’s hat , probably made of straw, has a wide flat brim.”

Author took postgraduate degree in History of Dress at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London.

Book: A Visual History of Costume in the Sixteenth Century.

Unknown couple c1667. Unknown artist.

Flat-brimmed Straw Hats protect the face from sunshine.

Author Valerie Cumming Assistant Director of the Museum of London.

Book: Handbook of English Costume in the 17th Century.

by C. Willett Cunnington & Phyllis Cunnington.

Materials of hats “Straw “For a fine Straw Hat lined in the brims £1.4.0 ” ”

1632. Accounts of Ben Frewen, Haberdasher, Sussex Archeal. col.

Book: The Historical Encyclopaedia of Costume by Albert Racinet

introduction by Dr Aileen Ribiero

– Holland – styles complemented by Straw Hats, also worn by English Women.

Picture: Artist Aelbert Cuyp (1620 – 91)

River Landscape with Horseman and Peasants c1655

Woman wearing sleeveless bodice and wide brimmed yellow (straw) hat.

Picture: Peter Paul Rubens (1577 – 1640)

Rubens and his wife, Isabella Brant, in the Honeysuckle Bower.
Isabella is wearing a plaited woven straw hat, high crowned,
wide brim & lined with silk.