SOLD – Gilda

//SOLD – Gilda

SOLD – Gilda

$175.00

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I don’t know about you, but given today’s social isolation precautions, I am finding moments of joy in the small activities in my house.  While felting in my kitchen I typically stream dance music, and find myself singing and dancing to some great tunes.  Nothing gets me happier than a view, the sun, good music and felt making.  This hat is a kitchen sink style cloche, which while sensible and covers your ears, also conveys moments of joy!  The piece has several different silks all colliding on one hat, a style of hat I’ve termed “The Kitchen Sink”.

In the 1920’s there was an actress Gilda Gray who popularized the “shimmy” dance.  I believe she would have worn this hat fabulously.  Combined with her beauty, European exoticism and willingness to shake her stuff on stage, Gilda was seen as unconventional, slightly dangerous, and emblematic of a new generation ready to party.

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Description

This hat is handmade felt.  The silk fabrics are fused with raw merino wool in a process of wet felting called nuno felting.  Once the fabric/felt hood is created, it is blocked over a vintage heated block and shaped by hand. This cloche is perfect for keeping the weather off your hair while covering your ears in cold weather.  Sweetheart cutouts enhance the 20’s style, and soften the look for you.  There is also plenty of room in the hat to house a large volume of hair!

This hat fits a large head, 23.0-24.0″ in circumference.  If you have any questions about fit, please contact me.

Spot clean with a wet cloth.  If you need to saturate the hat by washing it, do so with a gentle soap for wool.  Shape on your head then let dry.

Ready to dance and shimmy?