Some of Mühlbauer’s hats are sewn from a pattern like clothes, but the majority are made from felt or straw, shaped and stretched on a wooden mold and then finished and trimmed by the milliners a few rooms over. The process begins here, where the felt is made damp by dipping it into water mixed with a stiffening agent, and then run through a wringer to rid it of excess moisture.
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Some of Mühlbauer’s hats are sewn from a pattern like clothes, but the majority are made from felt or straw, shaped and stretched on a wooden mold and then finished and trimmed by the milliners a few rooms over. The process begins here, where the felt is made damp by dipping it into water mixed with a stiffening agent, and then run through a wringer to rid it of excess moisture.