Friday, October 23, 2015
When I was explaining the other day to a student a millinery technique in the store I heard myself saying...'Hat-making terms is a lost language just like Hebrew'....The thought made me curious myself and I reflected upon the sentence. What did that I mean with that?
Well hat-making and millinery once upon a time were just second nature to every woman and men. Women wore hats, made hats and bought hats for their daily go about. Men sent women of to buy hats when a woman was depressed or they paid for hats, they listened to hat talk and they enjoyed looking at women in hats. People understood the name of the materials and everyone called them by what they were known as. Different countries had different names for things just like today and they did not get mixed up or misunderstood as the cross fertilization through the internet was not an issue.
Like Hebrew once upon a time was spoken well till it became a dying language which is now being brought back through different means so is also the language of hats. The terms,techniques and skills are lost just the same since the hat went out of fashion and through classes, books and workshops we relearn the language of hats again in a global understanding.
Hats have come back into fashion and many people are trying their hands on making their own just as most women did in the 50ies, and they learn often without the role model of a mother or an aunt as we have lost 2 generations of hat etiquette.
Do I wear the hat on the left?
Do I wear it on the right?
What is tartalene and is leno the same?
How do I use 20/20 or is that called buckram?
Is Petersham Gross-grain?
And so the questions and confusions go on and on.I hear people say, "The hat is dying"...I personally don't agree with that. I love the hat and love its language without finding it written in an rule book.
The Bible has done us sometimes no good in the world at all, and many fights and killings have happened cause the way of interpretation. I am quit happy there is NO millinery bible and no Hat police neither as it leaves room to move forward and up. There are many Hebrew speakers who complain about the 'bad' Hebrew they hear spoken and so I hear it about the hat. As far I am concerned I rather hear a badly spoken language than no language at all and rather see hats than no hats and anyway how does the saying go?... The more you practice the better you get!.... Happy hatting