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Named for Australia's famed source of opals, including an authentic opal in the genuine kangaroo leather hatband. Hat is fully satin lined and shaped with a bound edge.
The Coober Pedy by Akubra is a popular fur-felt hat for both city and country wear. The 3-1/4 inch bound edge brim, tilted down in front and back for protection from sun or rain, is dinkum Aussie. The pre-creased crown is 4 inches high at the front, 4-1/2 inches at the sides, eyeletted and fully lined, with a half inch ribbon band. The pure fur felt is Akubra's Imperial Quality.
Made in Australia
Coober Pedy comes from the Aboriginal name kupu piti/, meaning White Fellows' Burrow . The famed opal fields in South Australia were so named by the local aboriginies because the miners dug shafts underground not only to extract opal but to live in as well. And indeed 70% of the inhabitants of Coober Pedy still live underground in the White Fellows' Burrow to escape the oppressive heat and sun of that desert region. The Coober Pedy hat does not provide quite the cool and shade of a burrow, but it is the next best thing if you have to go out in the sun, or rain for that matter. Think of it as your own portable burrow.
These hats are genuine Akubras, made in Australia and built for durability. Australians spend a lot of time outdoors. To protect themselves from the harsh sunlight they wear hats as a matter of course, and they expect their hats to last. Australians give hats rough treatment - fan the fire, water the dog, or gather the chooks' eggs, an Akubra is expected to handle it all, day in day out, year in year out. You can wear your Akubra with confidence, knowing it's quality and style are top-notch.
An Akubra is more than just a hat-it's an Australian icon.
Akubra takes great pride in the materials, workmanship, fine styling and quality of their hats.
The prime factors in the quality of fur felt are the quality of the fur used and how tightly it is worked together in the felting process.The basic fur in a felt hat is the under-fur of rabbits, and the quality of this fur is a prime factor in the quality of the hat produced. Fur from wild rabbits gives the best quality. Akubra not only uses more wild rabbit fur in their hats than any other hat company, but also a better fur, as they cut their own fur from the skins, keeping control of quality of the hats from start to finish.
Reeded Leather Sweatbands
The leather sweatband inside the hat is the only part which touches the head and hence is the key to a comfortable hat. Good leathers are breathable, soft and absorbent. In the best hats the leathers are "reeded" in order to conform better to the head. A reed, once a thin piece of rattan, but now commonly a plastic fibre, is encased in an impervious ribbon of oiled silk or synthetic material, and attached to the bottom of the leather. The ribbon helps to keep perspiration from staining the body of the hat. The reeded leather sweatbands used by Akubra are made of the finest roan sheepskin, specially tanned to ensure comfort.
About Akubra Hats
Australians needed hard wearing hats with wider brims than the usual European brims, to protect them from the sun and rain. Akubra soon became known for the durability and comfort of their felt hats, and recognized throughout the world for the Australian styling with a flair that reflects the independent, confident, and sometimes adventurous spirit of the dinkum Australian.
Akubra Hats have been Australia's quality hats since the early 1900's, ever since Arthur P. Stewart set up to make a hat to meet the needs of this bustling new colony. Australians in the earlier days, much like the Americans of the West, needed better hats than the usual, and, like the Americans, they had to make them for themselves. Akubra hats stood the test of life on the cattle stations and droving routes. Akubra hats still stand the test, not only in Australia, but throughout the world. We have been bringing Akubra hats to the United States since 1965, at prices other brand names cannot match, in a quality they envy.
Akubra is the only major hat company making fur felt hats from start to finish, beginning with the raw skins through all the processes of preparing the fur, forming the hood, dyeing, blocking and pouncing the hat to the final trimming. Their control of the entire process allows them to produce an exceptional quality of fur felt. The quality of Akubra's felt is attested to by the fact that they have no need for the colored powders used by many manufacturers to even out the color and hide flaws in the felt. The reputation of Akubra hats is built on the long lasting quality of their fur felt and the comfort of their reeded leather sweat bands.