Bowlers in Bolivia and Peru
March 7, 2008 9:30 PM Subscribe
There are two different stories about how bowler hats came to Bolivia and Peru.
posted by tellurian to clothing, beauty, & fashion (2 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
I'm looking for some original sources for the stories that bowler hats
are "worn by Quechua and Aymara women in Peru and Bolivia since the 1920's when supposedly a shipment of bowler hats was sent from Europe to Bolivia via Peru for use by Europeans who were working on the construction of the railroad. The hats were found to be too small and were distributed to locals."
-OR- It is a result of an over-order
and an enterprising salesman who supposedly convinced them that the wearing of the hats would increase their fertility