Akubra Hats Perth -We Stock Akubra Hats, Belts & More!
Here, at Eagle Wools, we love everything Australia. We are proud to say that we have the best range of Akubra Hats in WA and have lots of sizes, styles and colours in stock.
Akubra hats have become a vital part of Australia’s identity; worn by soldiers, Olympians, politicians, personalities and of course, loyal, everyday countrymen and women. Akubra has become an iconic part of the Australian landscape. Still 100% Australian owned and continue to manufacture quality hats wholly within Australia.
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Experience The Great Wall of Akubra Hats.
In store we have a massive range of Akubra Hats. In fact we had a wall purpose-built to store these magnificent creations. We always keep many different colours, sizes and styles of Hats in store. And if for some reason we don’t have your ideal hat in stock we will happily order it in for you!
Our friendly team are knowledgeable about Akubra and can help fit your hat perfectly. We are proud to be Perth’s highest rated and friendliest stockist of Akubra Hats.
Akubra Hats are available in-store and online at Eagle Wools
Have You Ever Wondered How An Akubra Hat Is Made?
Akubra hats are synonymous with Australian life. But, did you ever stop to think about the incredible craftsmanship that goes into making each and every one of these pieces? It takes around six weeks to create just one Akubra hat. All Akubra headwear is made using traditional processes that have hardly changed in 140 years! So, let’s take a look at the hat-making process.
The 10 Step Akubra Hat Making Process
The 10 Step Akubra Hat Making Process
Cleaned rabbit fur is mixed in a special blowing machine with eight sections. All dirt, clotted hair and felt is removed. The end result of this initial part of the process is akin to a sheet of downy, soft fabric.
To interlock the fibres, the fur is now sucked into a large rotating cone. Hot water is then sprayed onto it, creating a huge fragile piece of felt.
Next, the delicate material is cloth-wrapped and put between rollers to begin the shrinkage process. Initially, the shrinkage takes place rapidly. The process makes the felt tighter and stronger until the shrinkage rate is reduced. This is repeated as the hat is repositioned, ensuring that the pressure is even
The hats are then placed into an apron machine to make them three times smaller than they were to begin with.
The dyeing process is begun. A large dyeing vat can hold as many as 200 hats. The brims are now soaked in a shellac mix. This process is known as proofing and helps make the brim durable and the crown to keep its shape.
It’s at this point that the hats are given their shape. They’re also dipped in hot water to make them pliable. In a process called blocking, metal fingers help the hats take their final form. The brims are now broken out.
The sixth step is known as stoving. The hats dry in large ovens overnight.
The seventh step is pouncing. Each hat is sandpapered on a fast-moving wheel to give them their final finish. Excess dust is brushed off. It’s then that the hats are rigorously quality-inspected. After this point, the hat body is pulled over a block of wood where a metal ring holds the hat band at the bottom and the brims are stretched flat.
Next, the hats are ironed automatically. The heat of the iron reacts with the shellac, setting the brim and providing firmness. A process called rounding then trims any excess brim.
Eight out of ten hats leave the Akubra factory pre-creased with the crown already in its final shape. Each hat is put in an aluminium dish on a rubber mould, so it can set. The hats are steamed on a well-maintained huon pine block that’s the right shape and size.
Trimmings such as the leather sweatband are created and stamped with the Akubra crest in gold foil, information that the hats are Aussie-made and also the name of the hat model. These are then fitted carefully to each hat.
The hats then go through the flanging process. They’re put in frames to give the brims their final shape using a wet cloth and hot sand bags to painstakingly change the brim shape.
The hats are now packed, ready to go into shipping containers and sent out worldwide to distributors such as us, Eagle Wools.
So, there you have it. When you purchase an Akubra hat, you can be assured of good, traditional Australian quality and craftsmanship.
We Stock Other Quality Aussie Brands To Accompany Your Akubra Hat
Here at Eagle Wools we live and breathe Aussie brands. We proudly support local, aussie-made products and manufacturing. We not only stock the large Aussie brands such as Akubra, Woolerina, R. M Williams, Mini Jumbuk & Barmah Hats, we also support smaller local WA manufacturers that you probably have not discovered yet.
Find truly unique Aussie products here at Eagle Wools to give your home a unique touch, or great for souvenir or gift ideas. Browse online or visit us in store at 229 Hampton Rd, South Fremantle, WA 6162