Cap Collection

 

From time immemorial, headgear has been an important part of dressing in all parts of the world. The original function of caps was to protect the head from rough weather conditions. Gradually though, headgear started playing an important role in differentiating people on the basis of their caste and class. Today, caps have become more hip and happening. Moreover, you don’t need a reason to wear one, as it looks cool anyway.

For some people though, caps are more than all of the above. Meet Anant Joshi, a 32-year-old Maharshtrian staying in an extreme suburb of Mumbai. What makes him special? He is probably the only one in this country who has an amazing collection of caps! In the past 12 years, he has collected over 500 caps from around the world.

His collection includes a wide range of headgear. From Rajasthani caps to Tibetan ones, English hats, pagdis that the Marathas wore, a World Cup'99 cap with a radio and ear-phones attached to it, cowboy hats, a folding cap, a cap made of cow dung, paper caps. The list is almost unending. No wonder Anant has earned his place in the Limca Book of records. "When I was young I use to watch a lot of western films and was very interested in the hats they wore. My parents got me my first cap from the US when I was 12 years old. However, I got seriously interested in collecting caps only after I had 25 of them" says Anant.

His dedication and interest in his hobby is praiseworthy. He has made it a habit to read history books that give him historical significance of the caps he possesses. He is also in the process of compiling a book on his remarkable collection. A tete-a-tete with Anant gave us loads of information on his unusual hobby.

Getting Started

 

  • For starters, ask your friends to give you all the caps that they can.

 

  • Old people can be very useful in getting old caps.

 

  • Ask your family and friends to look out for unusual caps whenever they go out of the city.

 

  • Visit museums and markets where you can get old things (like a chor-bazaar).

 

  • Read historical books, and if you find any unusual cap, get a replica made.

 

  • If you are informed that a cap is available somewhere, go and get it.

 

  • Advertise your interest on the Net and see if anyone can engage in a barter with you.

 

  • For birthdays and festivals, ask people to gift you caps instead of anything else.

 

  • Above all don’t lose hope, it will take time. Patience and dedication are the key words.

 

Maintenance

 

  • Keep the old ones wrapped in a cloth.

 

  • Get them polished occasionally. Specially the leather ones in winter.

 

  • Don’t keep them in wooden cupboards.

 

  • Air them out at least twice a month.

 

  • Try not to keep them in a humid atmosphere.

 

  • Handle them carefully.

 

DO NOT let people wear your caps.