In celebration of the blooming of spring, I’m posting this cheery photo for all of you of my dad and his friends sporting Kyrgyzstan’s national hat, the kalpak, while out golfing in Arizona.

These hats, as my volunteer friend Dan puts it, “Hold a special place in Kyrgyzstan’s heart and a special place on a Kyrgyz man’s head.” They are the traditional headwear for Kyrgyz men and are still worn by people in the villages and capital alike today. Made from natural sheep felt, kalpaks keep your head warm in winter, cool in summer and looking awesome all year round.

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