Most hats have been manufactured in the same way and in the same place for more than one hundred years.
Tacchino's production process starts with a conical hat-body made of fur, wool or straw and terminates in a perfect hand-crafted hat ready to be worn on your head.
Stiffening, steaming, ironing, hemming, sewing and lining are the essential stages of the process. During all of these sub-processes, the materials are operated on manually or by using ancient and unique machines and tools which recreate a mystic production formula.
Our felt hats can be made of wool, rabbit fur, beaver fur or a combination of these.
The felting process is different for wool than for fur, whose properties lend different levels of resistance and softness to the final products.
The sheep's fleece is coarse and the felting process takes place more quickly but with a lower final result. The finished product does not appear to be naturally resistant to water and is rougher than fur felt. Instead, the fur of rabbits, hares and beavers has physical and chemical characteristics that are best suited to a long felting process, thus allowing a higher-quality result in terms of strength, water resistance, softness and silkiness.
Straw quality standards
Different woven straws include: shantung straw hats, Panama straw hats, palm leaf straw hats, Bangora straw hats, Guatemalan palm straw hats, treated Mexican palm straw hats.All natural straw materials are from plants that are cultivated and harvested at the proper time. The straws need to be treated properly before the weaving process begins. Some of the relevant processes here are straw stripping, washing, cooking, dyeing, and drying.
Tacchino’s manufacturing process is replicated for the production of straw hats. There are various vegetable fibers with which it is possible to create hats.
Table of Felt Quality
ere you can learn more about the quality attributes of our most common felt hats.
The “X factor”, which you can usually find in the crown of all our products, indicates the quality of our raw materials.
All of our fur felt hats, which have a 5X or above, are naturally water-resistant. Tacchino felt hats are guaranteed for 3 hours in pouring rain thanks to a special treatment carried out during the felting process.
|Felt Quality||Percentage of raw materials - weight|
|Wool||100% wool 100 gr shaved|
|Wool Premium||100% wool 160 gr super shaved|
|3x western||30% hare-rabbit 70% wool 200 gr super shaved|
|5x western||100% hare-rabbit 220 gr super shaved|
|5x classic||100% hare-rabbit 90 gr super shaved|
|5x velour||100% hare-rabbit 90 gr velour|
|5x trail||100% hare-rabbit 220 gr shaved|
|5x history||100% hare-rabbit 250 gr shaved|
|10x western||9% beaver 91% hare-rabbit 220 gr super shaved|
|20x western||20% beaver 80%hare-rabbit 220 gr super shaved|
|30x western||30% beaver 70% hare-rabbit 220 gr super shaved|
|50x western||50% beaver 50% hare-rabbit 220 gr super shaved|
|100x western||100% beaver 220 gr super shaved|
|100x classic||100% beaver 90 gr shaved|