This is an genuine spring straw hat, made in Italy, and beautifully adorned with flowers of that period. Circa 1900
Straw Hats Examples
The Straw Industry in Italy
The demand for straw plait was driven by fashion. By the 1800s, the Italians had the largest European straw industry employing 80,000 people. The industry was centred in villages around Florence, but there were other centres in the Piedmont and around Venice.
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