COWBOY HATS & WESTERN HATSThe cowboy hat / western hat is a high-crowned, wide-brimmed hat best known as the defining piece of attire for the North American cowboy. Today it is worn by many people, and is particularly associated with ranch workers in the western & southern United States, western Canada and northern Mexico, with country-western singers, and for participants in the North American rodeo circuit. It is recognized around the world as part of Old West cowboy lore. The shape of a cowboy hat's crown and brim are often modified by the wearer for fashion and to protect against weather. Cowboy hats are most often made out of felt or straw. It is an item of apparel that can be worn in any corner of the world, and receive immediate recognition as part of North American cowboy culture.