Just how did the Welsh hat become an essential part of how we see ourselves in Wales - and how others see us? Eddie Butler investigates if the famous hat is a national icon chosen by the Welsh... or was it chosen for the Welsh?

This clip is from:
Welsh Icons
First broadcast:
1 March 2011

Watch this clip together with the clip 'The Welsh hat and Salem', and ask students to comment on what they have learned from viewing them. Ask them to write about their recollections of dressing up for St David’s Day. What did they wear? Did it give them a feeling of being Welsh? What might people from outside Wales think of them wearing the costume? Students could bring Welsh costume items to class and pose for each other to make observational drawings. Experiment with black, white and coloured pastels, pen and ink, biros and fineline pens, emphasising the line and pattern of the costume. Collect a variety of souvenir items, eg tea towels, placemats, trays and postcards which feature people in Welsh costume. Students can choose how they might develop possible outcomes from their primary and secondary references. These could range from graphic and textile designs to an original composition inspired by Salem.