Usha-who? Ushanka!

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The Russian army instrumental in promoting the Ushanka

The Russian army shamelessly promoting the Russian Ushanka hats

The Ushanka is a Russian style hat. It is a round hat with a fur back flap and ear flaps. The Ushanka hat has flaps which can be tied together on top and lowered to protect the neck, ears and side of the face.  Hats were worn by Russian people all seasons throughout the year. In winter the hats were covered with fur, poor people had hats made out of felt and rough cloth, sometimes with a narrow trim of fur. Rich people had hats made of fine cloth or velvet, and a more lavish fur trim and decorated with precious metal ornaments.

In the 1940s the Russian army replaced their helmets with the Ushanka as part of their military winter uniform, and this heralded the start of a great wave of popularity for the design,…

Today it is not just other armies that use Ushanka style winter hats, but as the world became more commercialized many people in the cold climes started wearing the Russian hat as it became a haute couture fashion item! Mad Bomber’s President Brent observed this trend happening in China in the 1980s and made his first purchase in the way of a few dozen commercial samples. The rest of the Mad Bomber® story is also history, and now look at the number of styles we have in our store! Even the original Ushanka design, which we call the Fur Trooper® is making a come-back, why not check out the new line at www.madbomber.com/store.

 

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