A barretina is a
traditional Catalan man’s hat. It is a hat in the form of a bag, made of wool,
usually red and sometimes purple. In variants, it was worn by people in various
cultures around the Mediterranean Sea, like Catalonia, Valencia, Ibiza,
Provence, Corsica, Sicily, Sardinia and parts of the Balkans and Portugal.
use of the barretina is uncommon in
everyday life, but it is still used in folklore dances, or as a symbol of Catalan
identity. Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí were great advocates for the barretina. And recently, there has been resurgence
in wearing barretines, due to
movement for Catalan independence.
The Catalan Christmas figure, known as caganer, also wears a barretina.
The caganer is depicted in the act of
defecation, 'caganer' being Catalan
South Pacific Berets stocks barretines from two traditional manufacturers from Catalonia; made according to age old tradition in 100% wool, showing artisan craftsmanship and offering great comfort.
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