Learn all about hats and headgear at Germany's House of History

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  • Friday, 14 Feb 2020

Traditional Black Forest bollen hats exhibited next to a propaganda poster with the inscription ‘Loyal To Homeland’. — dpa

A museum in southern Germany has dedicated a museum to the topic of why particular hats come back into fashion, and how headgear with religious symbolism – such as headscarves and kippahs, for example – can prove controversial.

”Headgear tells stories, and makes history, ” said Paula Lutum-Lenger, the director of Stuttgart’s Haus der Geschichte (House of History) museum.

Speaking at the opening of the exhibition, she explained that hats are much more than just protection against rain and sun or from blows and bullets.

”The piece of clothing that people wear on the most exposed part of the body always sends out signs and signals, ” she said.

The show features the full range of headgear, from brutally practical soldier’s helmets to the highest of high fashion.

”The exhibition is about power, order and rebellion, about tradition, revolution and religion, and about contradictory symbols, ” Lutum-Lenger said.

Some of the items on display adorned the heads of famous people, like that of writer Friedrich Schiller.

Others have a tragic history, including a number of fraternity caps left behind by young men who died in World War I.

Also on display is a headscarf from the teacher Fereshta Ludin.

For many years she fought a legal campaign against the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg in order to be allowed to teach while wearing one.

Curator Sebastian Doerfler says that the example of the headscarf illustrates, among other things, that headgear can be interpreted ambiguously.

”While some Muslim women consciously discarded it as a symbol of oppression, ” he said, “for others it is an expression of theirreligion and personality.”

The show – Hut Ab? (”Hats Off?”) – runs until August.

All that slime Meanwhile, in New York, a new fun museum emerges.

Knead it, throw it, squeeze it, stretch it – no, we’re not trying to write a new Spice Girls hit.

We’re talking about slime, one of the biggest crazes of the 2010s – and now there is a museum in New York where you can literally roll around in the stuff.

At the Sloomoo Institute, children and adults alike can dig around in vats of different coloured slime, pour it over themselves and even use glue and other ingredients to make their own slime they can take home.

In the cellar of the museum in the middle of Manhattan, new slime is constantly being produced – dozens of litres of the stuff every day.

The museum was founded by Karen Robinovitz and Sara Schiller after Robinovitz found that playing with slime helped her process grief.

Making coloured slime and playing with it has been a trend among children and teenagers

for several years, and now, many adults are also enjoy moulding slime as it helps them to relax.

The museum will initially remain open in New York until April. A ticket for the slimy experience costs US$38 (RM154). – dpa

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