The Basque word Txapela is generally translated as beret, but really means 'hat'. A beret is a hat, but a hat not necessarily a beret… The word has become synonymous though with Basque identification and culture; restaurants, bars, etc called Txapela are many. In the Basque Country it is the custom to award a beret to the winner of a competition, especially a bertsolari competition (a bertsolari is a singer of bertso, a musical verse generally sung by two alternating bertsolaris). The Basque word for champion is txapeldun – literally, 'one who has the hat (beret)'.
My favourite beret is an Euskaldun Txapela by Elósegui.