Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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mokorotlo (hat)
  • unknown Sotho maker
  • mokorotlo (hat), late 1800s–1970
  • Where object was made: Lesotho
  • plant fiber, string, dyeing, coiling
  • Object Height/Diameter: 25 x 31.5 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 9 13/16 x 12 3/8 in
  • Gift of Charles Adams
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0129

A conical, coiled hat made of a plant fiber rod and string wrap. The point of the cone has a knob-like projection, under two black and two white loops made of wrapped rods. It is decorated with three stylized tree or bush designs in black, with orange accents. There are two bands of black wrapped rods that form an open zig zag, one at the bottom and one near the top. There are two bands of black wrapping with repeated clusters of three stitches inside.