Coppola cap

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An elderly Sicilian farmer wearing the coppola.

The coppola (Italian pronunciation: [ˈkɔppola]) is a traditional kind of flat cap typically worn in Sicily and Calabria (where is it known as còppula or berretto), Sardinia (where it came to be known, in the local language, as berritta, or bonete or bonetu,[1] possibly from the Latin abonnis), Corsica, and Malta.

First used by English nobles during the late 18th century, the coppola began to be used in Sicily and Calabria in the early 20th century as a driving cap, usually worn when at the wheel driving the car. The coppola is usually made in tweed.[2]

The origin of the name coppola is likely to be a Sicilian, Calabrian or Apulian adaptation of the Latin word caput ("head"). By extension, còppula is also Sicilian for "head". The word then became popular also in the rest of Italy, and was quickly acquired by Italian language by extension. Today, the coppola is widely regarded, at least in Italy, as a definitive symbol of Sicilian or Calabrian heritage.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bonète, Ditzionariu in linia de sa limba e de sa cultura sarda". Regione Autònoma de Sardigna.
  2. ^ "La storia della coppola" (in Italian). Archived from the original on 2016-01-05.