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History of the Welsh Hat

The story behind that most potent of Welsh icons - the Salem picture, painted in 1908 by English artist Sidney Curnow Vosper and its links to a soap advert. But there's something not quite right about the picture - Welsh women in 1908 did not dress like this. Even the Welsh hats in the picture, another Welsh icon, had to be borrowed for the painting. Further they could only find one hat. But inspired by the success of the picture as a Welsh icon, the hat grew quickly to become a reflection of Welsh national identity with links to St David's Day which still persist in contemporary Wales.

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