Monday, July 30, 2012
Hats galore in Hats Factory on Jalan Raja Laut, KL
[Pix for illustration purpose only]
The wearing of hat has been an important part of traditional Chinese culture. During the Han dynasty (206-220 A.D.), the cap could only be worn by a person of high status; a labourer could only wear a headband which he used to wipe his sweat. Young children wore hats as protection against evil spirits. When a man had reached the age of 20, he had to go through a "Ceremony of the Cap" to indicate he had reached adulthood, and had the right to wear a cap.
Unfortunately, today, Chinese Malaysians of both gender seldom wear hat as part of their fashion accessory. Even if they do, it is a Western hat like a baseball cap, fedora, felt hat, panama or cartwheel hat. However, one person always wears a Chinese nobility cap during Chinese New Year -- he's Master Chin, a noted fortune-teller in Kuala Lumpur's Central Market.
Looking for men's or women's hats? You will find them in Hats Factory at Jalan Raja Laut, Kuala Lumpur. The shop is just beside the PAS Headquarters Building. Easiest parking is at Plaza Hotel on Jalan Raja Laut or Hotel Continental at Jalan Belia (behind Plaza Hotel).