In the nineteenth century, farm families spent much of their time outdoors taking care of their animals and crops. To prevent sunburn, many women wore sunbonnets, like this one, to protect their skin. It is made of cotton and is entirely hand stitched.
Sunbonnet, 19th century, cotton, H: 10.5 in. Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York, Gift of Mrs. Almond Brockway, N0231.1945.