Bombín (Quechua, Aymara)

Bolivian natives definitely borrowed the hat from the Spanish, and the Bombin shape was invented in mid-19th century in the US, but since then it has become a national symbol of Bolivians. Today the bombin is worn by both men and women, especially of older age. It gives a good protection against both the sun and the cold, which are habitual in the high Andes. Bolivia, 20th cent.