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    Default Bonnet question

    I have a cloth slat bonnet, but how period correct are straw bonnets and if straw bonnets were worn, what does one look for on accuracy? Would one such as is pictured in this link ever been worn?

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    The shape is a bit off on that bonnet frame--the brim is tilted incorrectly and it lacks the tabs extending towards the chin.

    And, it's just a frame--one ribbon does not a dressed bonnet make--there would be a great deal of stuff inside the brim as well as on the outside.

    Straw bonnets were ubiquitous in the Deep South, and were a fashion item. Today we seem to equate straw with poverty and that was not the case.
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    Thank you, Mrs. Lawson. If I understand you, straw bonnets were never worn with work clothing?
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    Saying always or never creates an odd situation--somewhere there is an exception.

    But looking to the norm , what was commonly done, gives us a more accurate view of the period. A corded or slat bonnet is a better choice for work clothing. And the bonnet frame as pictured has far less trim than would be expected.
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    Thank you. I should have used "not usually" instead of "never."
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    Default Slat bonnets

    And the slats were good for storage. My mother found one in a old junk shop that had rolled up letters from the woman's family flattened and slipped into the slat pockets.
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