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mokorotlo (hat)
  • Sotho peoples
  • mokorotlo (hat), mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Lesotho
  • plant fiber, weaving, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width: 31 x 40 cm
    Object Height/Width: 12 3/16 x 15 3/4 in
  • Gift of Charles Adams
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2943

The conical woven hat has a knob-like projection at the top with a loop in the center. There is a strap-like decoration that goes through the loop and attaches on the hat, below the knob. There is a band of openweave near the rim, with "X's" and a band of oblique purple stripes above. Changes in the weaving make up the bands of tone on tone decoration above the purple stripes.