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Zulu Isicholo Hat Headdress South African Art

Product #: 128832
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Title Zulu Isicholo Hat Headdress South African Art
Type of Object Hat/Headdress
Country of Origin South Africa
People Zulu
Materials Cotton, dyes
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 5 Inches
Width: 7 Inches
Depth: 8.5 Inches
Overall Condition Good. 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.

Additional Information: Zulu married women always keep their heads covered in public. For ceremonial occasion, 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.