Did you know that most colonial hats were made from beaver skin? They also made hats from wool, cotton, and straw. Hatters made hats for men. There were other tradesmen who made ladies hats. Nearly everyone wore some sort of head covering. Ladies bonnets, hoods, and caps were not hats because had no brim. Men's hats were worn to keep heads warm and also to be fashionable.
In order to be a Colonial hatter you had to know how to make glue, be patient, good with your hands, know about animal fur, and how to make different hats.
Some tools they used were:
There were many different kinds of hats. You might be familiar with the knitted cap, the pilgrim hat, or the upturned-brim tricorne.
Hatters were one of the earliest tradesmen to take business away from the British merchants because beaver skins were so each to get in the colonies.
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Source: Fisher, Leonard Everett. The Hatters. New York: Marshall Cavendish, 2001.