Cloth Bonnets

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Soft fabric bonnets were the most common and prolific head covering worn during most of the 1800’s.  Often made from many layers of fabric, they did not require any additional materials and thus even a woman on a remote prairie farm usually had fabric at her disposal with which to make them. Made for more than just “looking pretty”, with their wide brim and deep curtain at the neckline, these bonnets protected the wearer from the sun, rain and wind.  “Ladies of fashion” did not wear these bonnets as they considered them frontier or prairie bonnets.  

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