The touque is essentially the most unique of Canadian items. To be worn in the deep of winter and by some year round, it refers to a knitted cuffed hat made for warmth and comfort. In its Canadian form it originates from the coureur des bois, the Métis fur traders of New France, Québec and Canada, where they would have used the 13th–16th century French term referring to a small knitted or brimless hat. This item of warmth is much beloved in Canada, and is somewhat of a national symbol, with its deep rolled cuff allowing adjustability, and its fitted crown. Often referred to as a beanie or watch cap in others parts of the world, the touque is the epitome of this most Canadian winter staple.