Flared Zulu Human Hair Hat - Aboriginal Headdress, South Africa

June 01, 2013

Flared Zulu Human Hair Hat illustrated by Charlotte Senini

If you have never seen one of these hats, you have probably never been to South Africa.
This style of hat actually started with a style of hair done by the woman in South Africa. They would style their hair in a cone coming from the back of their head. Some were up to a metre long!
After contact with Europeans, this style developed into a removable hat. They would include human hair into the weaving of the hat so that it still remained an extension of the hat-wearer's body. See more African headdresses here.

Canadian and South African Aboriginal Headdresses - Chelsea Watson and Charlotte Senini

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