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TAS Country : April 28th 2011
8 Tasmanian Country Friday, April 29, 2011 2011 Hands-on approach creates unique hats EMMA HOPE LOCAL STYLE: Milliner Jake Mikoda at his Hobart workshop. Picture: SAM ROSEWARNE GRIZZLY Hatters has been making hats in Tasmania for over 15 years, changing and adapting its designs with the fashions. Owner Jake Mikoda has had extensive experience in the millinery industry interstate. ''I'm a furrier by trade, so I've always been working with leather and fur,'' he said. ''When I moved here from Western Australia I saw hats were needed in Tasmania, so that's how it started. ''I studied as a furrier in Europe and did some study in fashion design, including millinery.'' Grizzly Hatters creates a range of styles in different fabrics in its Hobart workshop. ''I use hand-woven Harris tweed which I bring over from Scotland. ''Then there is the range of leather and fur -- kangaroo, buffalo, cow hide, sheep, lamb, possum and fox.'' While some of the materials are sourced from overseas, the design and production of the hats is all done locally. ''The full manufacturing process is carried by us in Hobart, starting at the design and finishing at the final product. ''The need to be innovative, the skill required to have high quality, and the satisfaction derived from creating unique products results in a very hands-on approach.'' Mr Mikoda said the product line changed with changing fashions. ''One of our ongoing lines is the Australian leather bush hats. ''Then there is the classical Harris tweed collection with the traditional English-style hats and caps.'' Mr Mikoda said he had been exhibiting his hats at Agfest for at least 10 years. ''It's always been great and every year it's better,'' he said. H 18 Pavilion H Ph 6334 5877 frmtoyota.com.au and Toyota Material Handling Equipment Come see our great range of Hino Trucks... zest. 707Jav Find us at Site 247, Second Avenue. ON SITE AT AGFEST
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