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Bamana Hat Woven Hunter's Cap Leather Tassels Mali African Art

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Title Bamana Hat Woven Hunter's Cap Leather Tassels Mali African Art
Type of Object Textiles, Hat
Country of Origin Mali
People Bamana
Materials Cotton fiber, leather strips, glass mirors
Approximate Age 20th Century
Dimensions Width: 6 Inches
cap is about 2.5 inches tall; fringe is approximately 6 inches
Overall Condition Fair
Damage/Repair very dirty and stained

We do not recommend laundering textiles, and do not accept returns of textiles which have been laundered in any manner.  Even dry cleaning is too much for some of these antique textiles.  For some of them, a very gentle HAND washing  (NEVER MACHINE, on any setting)  in cool water with a very gentle detergent works, but even then, dyes may not be colorfast, and fabric may be less strong than it appears.

Additional information: Bamana hunting-related items are well-known and quite sought-after, and collectors love these pieces since they almost always have a fascinating array of protective and "good-luck" amulets attached to their surface. This cap is a superb example of Bamana hunter costumes, decorated with mirrors and an ornate leather fringe.  The decoration and amulets are to ensure a successful hunt and protection during battles.  The wilderness is regarded as both dangerous and valuable, both as a source of food and as a source of spiritual gifts. The amulets provide safety, and its contents were known only by the owner.

 Recommended Reading: See Colleyn's BAMANA-THE ART OF EXISTENCE IN MALI.