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There is one item of clothing I’ve been craving to get my hands on lately – a “ushanka”. Some of you may know it under a different name – a “Russian hat”, perhaps. It’s a huge trend this winter and so I decided to put together a little guide to wearing these pretty warm hats.
First of all, let me tell you a little bit about ushankas. Its name derives from the Russian word “уши” (ushi), which means “ears”. Such hats have not only been worn by Russians, but by other inhabitants of cold climates such as Scandinavians, Canadians or Germans. The ushanka as we now know it was, however, indeed the product of Russians – during the military conflict between the former Soviet Union and Finland known as the Winter War, many soldiers died as a result of being exposed to extremely cold temperatures. The uniform of the Soviet soldiers was, therefore, improved and one of the changes made was the official introduction of a ushanka as a part of the attire, replacing the so-called “будёновка” (budyonovka). A ushanka is typically made from sheepskin and rabbit or muskrat fur, but nowadays it is customary to see hats made using artificial fur.
Sources: photos via Chictopia’s Style Gallery; info about ushanka adapted from Wikipedia