Medieval Cone Shaped Princess Hats Were Inspired by Mongol Warrior Women

Mongol Warrior Women HatsWhat we think of as the headgear of white Europeans actually began as the headdress of Mongolian queens

Nothing says “princess” like a pointy, cone-shaped hat. From kids’ costumes to medieval paintings, the cone hat—more formally known as a hennin (or henin)—is a sure sign of royalty. But here’s something you might not know about the hat that adorn the heads of pale-skinned ladies: they were actually modeled after the hats of Mongol warrior queens

Today, it’s hard to imagine a princess without a cone-shaped hat. But what we think of as the headgear of white Europeans actually began as the headdress of these Mongolian queens.

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