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Persian lamb hats originate in the Middle East and the Caucasus. With a history spanning millennia, papakha, kubanka, and shepherd hats have served as a symbol for men of the region's nations. For instance, Cossack hats played important roles in both civic and military life. Relatively modern varieties made of the same fur include ambassador, Leningrad style, and ushanka hats. Although their roots differ, Persian lamb, Astrakhan fur, and Karakul are all used interchangeably today to define the same type of material. Explore this marvelous world of hat-making using the sections below.