French Beret’s History

Most people outside land of France believed that the little pancake of a hat is the symbol of French beret. Traditional French beret is made of felted wool, featuring a little tail at the top of beret. But now, a beret featuring one of those characteristics could be regarded as French style. Certainly, beret hat uk is warm and waterproof, and it also could be tucked in your bad easily. However, it is not just an ordinary headpiece. Viewing from what one has worn, more information like personal characters and other individual information of fashion could be found. In other words, it is a statement of one’s personal style. When it comes to reasons of its prevalence, some divers may explain specific causes to a certain extent. Many people in different industries wear it from time to time, including shepherd, artist, soldier and film star.


French berets are closely related to France. People from various regions of the world wear it. French people also don’t admit they have invented such berets. Imagining scenes in the ark, one floats on floods while raining poured down. Then he noticed the wool of pen had been trampled for many times and turned into felt. One cut one circle from the felt, taking it as a headpiece. In the modern times, shepherds from French Béarn and Basque have contributed to its popularization. Considering special performances of wool, shepherds believe it would be same to keep people comfortable facing different weather conditions. Some found that wool turned to felt with compression of walking and humidity from wet ground.

In the early 1800s, berets have been produced massively, because standardized style and craftsmanship. In addition, the unpleasant smell has been eliminated. On the basis of previous history in producing textile products, it’s natural they could weave popular cap in the region. In 1810, the first factory dedicated to berets was founded and many other similar factories also followed the steps of the first one.

At the start, berets were knitted by hand, featuring a tail on the top of a beret. After entering the machine-knitted era, the short tail has to been knitted, because many believed that a tail-less beret was not a beret. Because of mass production, berets became popular in a short time and those berets renowned in the world.

In the context of industrialization, many transferred from rural areas to urban areas to pursue better work. Certainly, they carried trusty berets with them, then berets became the symbol of workers. Physical labours were not the only group wearing berets. From the middle of the 18th century to the early 19th century, berets have been taken as a part of the artistic image of the Left Bank. Perhaps they only would like to imitate artists of the Renaissance like Rembrandt, or they just would like to keep warm because of weak ability to pay their rents.

No matter what reasons, many renowned artists like Monet, Cezanne, Marie Laurencin, Picasso enjoyed such fashionable berets. To a certain extent, the little cap is now inextricably linked with the image of the artist.

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