The Original Pith Helmet is the original design by the French. A hundred years ago, the French discovered the advantages of the pith material used for these hats. Originally made from pith bark. Over the years, construction and materials were improved which make it both a good sun and rain shield. The Original Pith helmets have air vents on both sides and at the top of the helmet. This allows air to circulate to keep you cool. Widely used by missionaries, archaeologists, adventurers, and those who live in the tropics.
The Original Pith Helmet features:
- Handmade from pith or cork and covered in twill
- Air vents – side and top
- Adjustable by way of a Velcro-like ending to the interior cotton sweatband
- Composite Leather Decorative Strap
- 4 1/2″ Crown
- 2 3/4″ Front and Back Brim
- 2 1/2″ Side Brims
- Size: One size fits most
- Color: Khaki
The Pith Helmet is a hard-shell, high-crowned hat with a wide, sloping brim. Originally made of ‘pith’ (soft heartwood) of the Sola plant. Also known as ‘Sola Topees’ or Sola hats. Originally made with a white cotton covering. Later stained an earthy sand color – khaki. This was a form of camouflage in the sandy regions of Africa, India and the Middle East. Soon it became standard on most pith helmets. Currently, there are typically two colors: white and khaki. Ceremonial roles used white, while more practical roles used khaki. Pith helmets came about around the mid-1800s. Helmet design was taken from the German Pickelhaube helmet. Designed for use in hot, dry and humid climates. It has a number of features which make it ideal for these kinds of conditions. Through the centuries, changes to the construction and the materials used has molded they current style.