L'authentique chapeau de Frédéric Mistral
  • L'authentique chapeau de Frédéric Mistral
  • L'authentique chapeau de Frédéric Mistral
  • L'authentique chapeau de Frédéric Mistral
  • L'authentique chapeau de Frédéric Mistral

The Authentic Valergues Hat of Frédéric Mistral

Authentic gardian hat, the “Valergues” is the most popular and the most iconic in the world of the Provence cowboys. The hat is felted with a broad rim.

  • Colour: black or brown.
  • Unisex.
  • Sizes: 53 to 61.
€45
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Les indiennes de Nîmes

Les Indiennes de Nimes continue the tradition started with the import of textiles into southern France by the India Company in the 18th century.  Later local weavers in Avignon took up the manufacture and today, Les Indiennes de Nimes are combining traditional know-how with original archive patterns to keep alive the Camargue textile heritage, especially in local feria festivals.

Les INDIENNES DE NIMES

Authentic gardian hat.

INDIENNES DE NIMES

Authentic gardian hat.

INDIENNES DE NIMES

Size 53 to 61.
Refer to the hat and cap size guide. 

Worship side

This felted hat, with a broad rim was made famous by Frédéric Mistral, French poet and Nobel prize winner. But the Valergues hat is also part of the Camargue folklore in its own right, going back to the dawn of time in these vast expanses of sand and water.

Whether on the cattle ranches or in the bullring, at devotional festivals or the rice harvest, it is popular in the whole region.

Carefully manufactured by the Mistral workshops for the Indiennes de Nimes, the Valergues hat is made to last and develops a lovely patina as it ages. Grannies in embroidered shirts, horse riders in their palatal velvet jacket or urban amazons, whatever the style, the charismatic Valergues will do the rest.

A new hat needs to be “broken” or shaped before wearing it for the first time. To break it, very gently knock two dimples in the front of it with your fist.