If you have watched the Aladdin Movies you may well be wondering what type of hat Aladdin is actually wearing.
In the Aladdin movies, Aladdin is mostly wearing a red fez hat. Made from silk and cylindrical in shape this style of hat was popularised in the Ottoman Empire by Sultan Mahmud II around 1829. It is known as a tarboosh in Arabic.
We will take a look at the history and the background of this hat and why Aladdin is wearing one.
Where is the Aladdin Movie set?
The Aladdin movie is not set in a specific time or even a real place. The fictional location in the Disney movie is Agrabah. Originally the movie was intended to be set in Baghdad, but the timing of the movie overlapped with the First Gulf War. Roy Disney decided that it should not be set in a war zone. The decision was made to form a fictional name inspired by reordering many of the letters in Baghdad.
How and when did the fez become popular?
The Fez hat was made popular as a result of the wishes of the Sultan of Morocco in 1829. He ordered officials to wear fez hats in the place of turbans. As a result, the popularity of these hats spread among the populace, through the Ottoman Empire and beyond. At the time they were regarded as a symbol of modernity by many. Read more intriguing facts about fez hats here.
Why does Aladdin wear a fez hat?
The fez hat was not popularised until the early 1800s so it is perhaps unlikely that Aladdin would actually have worn a fez hat. While the movie is not set at any particular time it would appear to be earlier than the 1800s. It would perhaps be more accurate, therefore, if Aladdin wore a turban. Iraq, where the creators of the movie envisioned Aladdin had been part of the Ottoman Empire so that part at least would be correct.
Why is the fez hat red and where does its name come from?
The Fez hat gets its name from the Moroccan city of Fez. This name was given because the red color of the hat comes from crimson berries that were sourced in the city of Fez. After the popularity of the fez waned after the fall of the Ottoman Empire in the early 20th century, the hat remained a symbol of Morrocan nationalism and is still more popular there today.
Who else wears a fez in Aladdin?
In addition to Aladdin, the monkey Abu also wears a fez hat, although his hat has a purple base and red top. The fez hat is often worn with a tassel, but these are not evident on the hats worn in the Disney movie.