This 18th century straw bergère hat I’ve plaited myself.
A bergère is a hat with a low crown and wide brim. Bergère means shepherdess in French.
The bergère hat could be covered with silk, trimmed with ribbon, or left plain.
Here’s a picture of an 18th century straw hat.
Bergère hats were popular since the mid-18th century.
To make this straw hat, I’ve soaked straw in cold water. Then I’ve plaited a continuous braid overlapping the short straws.
Afterwards I’ve sewn the straw plait together, with invisible stitches on the outside.
The hat is tied with a blue cotton ribbon.
This hat is also the foundation for my 1900s hat trimmed with ostrich feather, rose, chiffon and satin.