The origins of the Cordovan hat are not clear.It is thought that it began as a hat for the day labourers, to protectthem from the sun, the rain and the bad weather.As thefelt or straw hats caused trouble by hindering visibility or flying away with the wind, it would have been necessary to create a hatwith rigid edges and made in such a way that the water would not deform it or soak through it.Thus the Cordovan hat would have been born.
Another theory, narrated by Rafael de Haro in n∘ 56 of the magazine published by Cajasur, gives another possibility about the origin of the Cordovan hat.In this article there is a photo of the Monstrance of Arfe, where the dance of the Seises can be seen.These children wear hatsthat are quite similar to the Cordovan hat.One of these hats, dated from the XVIIth century, can be seen in the Cathedral.Rusi in person assuredus that the similarity tothe Cordovan hat is amazing.Perhaps it is a link in its history.
Whatis certain is that during century XIX and principles of the XX its use becomes general.We found it immortalized in, among other places, the picture of Julio Romero de Torres ” Qué bonita era" (How pretty she was!) ,where we can see 3 hats, and in taverns and inns of Cordoba where the hat appears in a huge quantity of old photos.In the world ofbullfighting, Antonio Ca&ntildeero (father of modern bullfighting on horseback) or Manolete wear it. And in oldfamily photos,Cordovan hats appear alongside the canotier hats.
This hat has arrived to the present day, and it can be seen in the world of bullfighting, of riding, in pilgrimages, and in general in all the popular celebrations of Andalusia, worn so much by the woman as by the man.AsRafael de Haro points out, in possibilities it is only comparable tothe peineta (haircomb) and mantilla, but, like the latter, it isnecessary to know how to wear them.