A look at the knitted pink headpieces that helped make protest history
The 1.2 million women (and men and children and even a few dogs) around the world who marched in the Women's March on Washington on Saturday hoped to make history. But they didn't realize they would turn out in such numbers as to dwarf President Donald Trump's inauguration the day before. And they surely didn't expect their knitted, pink, so-called "pussyhats" to have a hand and a head in that history making.To get more news about HEADPIECES, you can visit seekprecious.com official website.
The battle of the hats between red "Make America Great Again" ball caps, worn by Donald Trump's supporters and the knitted "Pussy Power" caps, worn by so many the following day is one of the most telling and unexpected sideshows to have emerged in the bitter political contest between Mr. Trump and women all over the world.
Caps created for political purposes, of course, are – well, old hat. Phrygian caps, which date to the 4th century in what is now Eastern Europe, are traditionally soft conical headpieces, with the top pulled forward – a long-time symbol of freedom and the pursuit of liberty, thanks to an early association with caps worn by emancipated slaves in ancient Rome. Working-class Parisians wore the bonnet rouge during the French Revolution: During the Reign of Terror, even aristocrats donned them, to broadcast their allegiance to the masses as Mr. Trump did with his blood-red golf cap. The bonnets were often knitted by tricoteuses, who sat beside guillotines during public executions, never once interrupting their purling.
The Trump hat, the modern equivalent, has already proved its effectiveness: Donald Trump is President. But right up until the inauguration, it was a controversial headgear, at least in liberal Washington, where Mr. Trump won only 4 per cent of the vote. A group of men wearing Trump hats – no matter how well dressed – always attracted notice when they walked into a downtown Washington bar or restaurant, and it was not unheard of for patrons to make cracks about them – and not just for wearing a hat in a restaurant.
"They don't get a lot of Trump messaging," said Marilyn Lucht, who lives near the capital. "So when they walked in, the Washingtonians said, 'Oh, no, they're here.'"
"People made remarks a lot, and some of our staff wanted to not serve them," an unnameable waitress in an unnameable high-end dining establishment in chic Washington says. "Of course, we're trained not to. But you do notice them."
That, of course, was the whole point of the Trump cap – to get a movement noticed. The Trump campaign spent $3.2-million (U.S.) on hats alone – a move its managers were ridiculed for, until they won the presidency.
The Trump hat sells for $14.98 at Wal-Mart, and for $25 at the Trump Store. The Trump Store hats are made in California. Many of the Trump hats worn by supporters at Friday's inauguration – as revealed by Reuters – are made in China, Vietnam and Bangladesh, despite Mr. Trump's ringing promise and threat onstage, in his inauguration speech, to henceforth "Buy American and hire American."
The hat's slogan, Make America Great Again, stitched in white, was a Ronald Reagan pitch line that Mr. Trump trademarked in 2012. He first wore the hat in Laredo, Tex., at a rally, in the summer of 2015, and it quickly became both a favourite of loyalists, not to mention a bone of contention – even in Canada, when a male student at Mount Royal University wore a Trump hat and was accused of uttering hate speech by the institution's former vice-president of student life.