Whittlesey Straw Bear Festival During the 19th century Straw Bears - men or boys clothed in a layer of straw - were a familiar Plough Monday. In some places, instead of dragging a decorated plough, one of the farm labourers dressed as a straw bear and along with other farm labourers would beg door to door for money.
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Detail, bergère (straw hat), probably made in Indonesia or the Carribean, 18th century style. The straw plaited crown with open work flat straw huge brim, the very edge with densely plaited three dimensional straw,green cotton tape ribbon.