TRIBAL & ASIAN ART AND ANTIQUITIES
PSW00042 • CEREMONIAL ZULU HAT.

Primary Source at Santa Monica Tribal Arts Show, November 2007

4847 W. Jefferson Blvd. Los Angeles, CA • 90016

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PSW00042
CEREMONIAL ZULU HAT.
HUMAN HAIR, RED OCHER PIGMENT, ANIMAL FAT & PALM FIBER.
ZULULAND, SOUTHERN AFRICA.
CIRCA 1900.

HEIGHT ON STAND: 33.00”
DIAMETER OF HAT: 20.50”

WALL MOUNT ALSO INCLUDED.

These ceremonial hats were hand-woven by Zulu women from the the Nongoma Area of Zwazulu Natal, "Place of Heaven", in South Africa in the early 1900's. Zulu women wear wide brimmed hats to proclaim their married status on ceremonial occasions. These hats are based on a hairstyle that Zulu women wore in the 19th century. Woven of human hair and natural fiber, the hats are rubbed with red ocher to create the vibrant color. The ocher still does come off when handled and this is normal. Hats such as this are difficult to acquire, since they are often passed down as heirlooms and villagers are reluctant to part with them.

Similar hats are still worn. Nowadays these hats are woven strictly with fibers instead of human hair, are lighter in weight, and tend to be taller than the older hats made of hair.

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Ceremonial Zulu Hat

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