An ushanka hat is a traditional Russian fur cap with ear flaps that can be tied up to the crown of the cap, or fastened at the chin to protect the head and ears from the harsh cold winter. The flaps can also be bent and tied behind the head in “ski-style” to offer better visibility. Artificial fur or faux fur hats are referred to as “fish fur” since the material is not from any animal.
These hats have been known for centuries and were first developed in Russia in the 17th century and adopted by the Red Army after the Winter War against Finland in 1939. Officers were issued fur ushankas, and other ranks received ushankas with “fish fur”. The ushanka became a symbol and media icon of the Soviet Union and later the Russian Federation.
The ushanka has also become a part of the winter uniform for military and police forces in Canada and other Western countries with a cold winter.
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