Headgear and wear is any element of clothing that is worn on the head for any reason: fashion, disguise, entertainment, religion, medicine, decoration or distinction.
As far back as history allows, there has always been some form of gear covering the head, or hair. These coverings have served functional purposes, and fulfilled practical needs – protection from the sun, the wind, the rain. Head coverings are also used as status symbols, and at one stage were used as a form of diminishing the class systems. Head coverings were paramount in religious orders and holy establishments could not be entered without a head covering, for both men and women alike. It was a symbol of modesty and respect. In social gatherings, men would tilt, and even remove, their hats as a sign of respect towards women, specifically.
Different headgear can be used as articles of fashion. The men’s top hat is one of the primarily fashionable hats, with the Fedora following. The purpose of most of women’s hats is primarily aesthetic. Tiaras – symbols of royalty but became a jewelry accessory. Masks are also a form of headwear, worn in masquerades, celebrations and the theatre.
Headdresses, or war bonnets, are feathered headgear traditionally worn by the male leaders and chiefs of the American Plans Indian Nations who have earned a place of great respect in their tribe. They are revered and sacred, with the feathers being sought and retrieved from the sacred eagle. Warriors earned a feather each time he did something that the tribe considered was an act of bravery. The first feather earned by a warrior was given to him for being recognised as an adult member of the tribe. The headdresses were built up over time and experience. These were originally worn into battle, but they are now primarily used for ceremonial and political occasions.
A crown is a traditional and symbolic form of headwear that is worn by a monarch or by a deity. This traditionally represents power, legitimacy, victory, triumph, honour, glory, as well as immortality, righteousness and resurrection – such as the crown of thorns worn by Jesus.
A crown also a representation of genius in a ruler. The crown is found to have a very religious and spiritual meaning. But faeries, goddesses and mermaids are also known to wear these symbols of royalty. Often decorated with precious stones and metals, they are priceless in their creation and symbolism.
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