The Cossack hat (papkha, astrakhan hat) is worn by men of the Caucasus region. One style is tall, worn at an angle, and made of karakul lambskin. They may have earflaps which can be folded up.
Another style is called a kubanka. It is shorter and has no earflaps. In 1855, the papakha was made an official part of the uniform for the Cossacks, and later for the rest of the Russian cavalry.
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