Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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mokorotlo (hat)
  • unknown Sotho maker
  • mokorotlo (hat), mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Lesotho
  • plant fiber, weaving, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width: 32 x 45 cm
    Object Height/Width: 12 5/8 x 17 11/16 in
  • Gift of Charles Adams
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2944

The conical hat has a flared knob at the top, a round loop atop the knob and three loops from the center knob traveling to the hat body. The rim of the hat sits proud of the hat, and is decorated with two thin purple stripes and a band of openweave with "X's". There is another band of openweave on the hat, just above the rim, then a band of purple chevrons, pointing left. The field color is light brown or natural, but the change in weaving stitches gives two bands of tone on tone decoration.