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Zulu Married Woman's Headdress-Hair African

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Title Zulu Married Woman's Headdress-Hair African
Type of Object Headdress
Country of Origin South Africa
People Zulu
Materials Reeds, vegetal fibers, beads, hair
Dimensions Height: 6.75 Inches
Width: 18 Inches
Hat opening diameter is 6 inches.
Overall Condition Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners. Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use. We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings. Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair Gap or hole in stitching

Additional Information:

  Zulu married women always keep their heads covered in public. For ceremonial occasions, they wear elaborately woven red hats with beadwork attached. It is then sewn into the hair of the wearer. Red powder is periodically reapplied. If the dried plant happens to have tiny yellow flowers in amongst the leaves then it's impepho (Helichrysum odoratissimum) which is used primarily as a ritual incense by Zulu diviners, but is also used as a perfume and insect repellant: often found in bedding and pillows as well. For more information, and similar examples, see SPEAKING WITH BEADS_Zulu Arts From Southern Africa.