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The fact that mummies have been found all over the world wearing hats certainly attests to the importance of headgear in virtually all human cultures. Headdress is in fact the most universally important part of costume, worn even when body apparel is dispensed with, as the appearance of the aborigines abundantly proves. Head attire in both sexes have from prehistoric times served to establish the individual’s rank or position in society, to impress the lowly and to challenge the enemy.
Natural conditions in the stone walls of the Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo, Sicily, preserved these mummies. Hats like these are still worn by Sicilian men.