The pompom on the cap has a specific use. Few people know about it

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The word “pom-pom” seems to come from the French word pompon, which means “bobble”, which means “little ball of cloth.”

The pompom on the cap has a specific use. Few people know about it

Winter hats have been around for as long as people needed to keep their heads warm, and these soft, fluffy pompoms placed upstairs are a staple feature of a fashion that has survived for a long time.

While these cute spheres add a bit of a trendy touch to our winter wardrobe, they also have a lot of history and could have served a really good purpose at one point. Today, the pompom on the top of our winter beanie serves more as a cosmetic or fashionable expression, but history shows it has been around for ages, with numerous theories about how this accessory was made, some of which may surprise you.

What was a pompom used for in the past?

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Historians date the pompom appearing on hats as early as 790 to Scandinavia in the Viking era. The mythological Norse b & oacute; g Freyr, ruler of peace and fertility, rain and sun, is depicted wearing a tassel headdress.

A small Freyr statue wearing a hat or helmet with a pompom was discovered on a small farm in Sweden in 1904. This finding suggests a possible religious or cultural detail in the pompom. Either way, it means that pompons have been wearing their heads for a long time.

Napoleon's infantry wore woolen baubles to indicate which regiment he belonged to. Hungarian Calvary regiments and Scottish Highland regiments also jumped into the pompom fashion to help expand their rank.

In the 18th century, the soft beret topped with a tassel became the most easily identifiable Scottish garment. In Rome, Roman Catholic clergy for centuries wore hats with pompoms, called birettas, which varied in colors to indicate their rank and profession.

In South America, traditional costumes of both men and women women were decorated with pompoms in different colors, signifying their marital status. French sailors added them to their caps so as not to bang their heads against the ship's low ceilings when the water became choppy.

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