Everything you wanted to know about Russian “ushanka” hats
- it’s incredibly warm and comfortable
- it’s stylish.
The origin of ushankas
Some tips from Russians that will help your ushanka hat to last long:
- Russian women often store ushankas and other fur hats on top of tall round jars in order to avoid damage to the fur and to keep the shape of hats.
- If you don’t have a jar tall and big enough, just make sure there’s enough space in your closet. Besides, you can scrunch up some newspapers or just sheets of paper and put them inside your hat to preserve its shape.
- Fur hats can’t be stored in plastic bags. The fur needs to “breathe”! So the best way to store your hat is to carefully cover it with newspapers or just paper from all sides and put it in a closet, because it has to be stored in the dark place.
- Fur absorbs all smells, including the smell of those moth balls you are using. So make sure you take your fur hat out of the closet several days before you plan to wear it to make sure the “closet smell” disappears.
- If your fur gets wet, just shake it off and let your hat dry naturally. It’s the best you can do for it. Don’t use a hairdryer or put your hat near a heater because fur hates heat.
Wondering how to find a Russian Ushanka hat of the right size?
Measurement Around Head
American Hat Size
Russian Hat Size