Every once in a while someone complains that I don’t have enough hat posts around here, which is the sad truth, so I’m glad that plep has provided me with the opportunity to share with you the National Museum of African Art‘s “Hats Off!” page.
Modifying or adorning the body is a means through which African peoples express their collective and individual pride, ideals, aesthetics and identity. Many African cultures throughout the continent have long considered the head the center of one’s being—a source of individual and collective identity, power, intelligence and ability. Adorning the head as part of everyday attire or as a statement, therefore, is especially significant.
You can find more hats by going to The Diversity of African Art and clicking on Costume Accessories and then picking Hats out of the first drop-down menu. And I like the fact that they give local names, e.g. “Cap (shüötu),” though I wish they’d indicate the actual language.