One of my favorite parts about working for Hattast-ique is our variety of hats. Some days I feel my roots of a country girl and love that we have a variety of cowboy hats to suit my needs. I love that we have hats for almost any occasion. Today I am feeling the Kraken Top Hat. This hat is one of my favorites and for good reason.
The kraken is a legendary sea monster that dwells off the coast of Norway and Greenland. The massive sizes that have been described by sailors line up with the sightings being giant squids that are known to be 40 to 50 feet in length. The massive size and legendary status has led the kraken to be used in many fictional stories. Some great example are Herman Melville's novel Moby Dick which was published in 1850 and also in Jules Verne's depiction of the famous giant squid in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea in 1870.
The kraken is seen in many steampunk themes and no wonder with it's mysticism and rich history. It gives you that Victorian feel with science fiction and fantasy all wrapped in one. The image of a giant sea monster that wraps itself around a ship, no matter the size and crushing it, leading to the watery depths of the sea, that is the Kraken Top Hat. It is no wonder how this epic top hat got it's name.
I will leave you with a portion of the sonnet by Alfred Tennyson "The Kraken" which describes a massive creature that dwells at the bottom of the sea:
Below the thunders of the upper deep;
Far, far beneath in the abysmal sea,
His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep
The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee
About his shadowy sides: above him swell
(The entire sonnet can be found at http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/tennyson/kraken.html)
May your imagination run wild and find the fantastical things in life!