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Bowler Hats of Bolivia

London-based photographer Nick Ballon, inspired by his family’s Bolivian heritage, makes frequent trips to Bolivia to photograph cultural and social changes in the country. He has shot a number of projects there, covering an array of subjects ranging from Bolivian wrestlers to a troubled Bolivian airline. His “Sombrero” series, published in Port magazine, examines the cultural significance and appropriation of the bowler hat in Bolivian society today. The bowler hat originated in London and was traditionally worn by members of Europe’s working and upper classes. Now the iconic fashion accessory is worn throughout the Southern hemisphere, and is especially popular amongst Bolivian women. These stylish  women, who have often moved from pueblos to cities, are known as cholas and incorporate bowler hats into their regular dress. To see more photos from this series, read the Port magazine article


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