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, braiding, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width: 31.5 x 42.5 cm
    Object Height/Width: 12 3/8 x 16 3/4 in
  • Gift of Charles Adams
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2945

The conical hat has a knob at the top. There are two crossing loops at the top center of the knob with two more larger loops from the bottom of the knob crossing through the smaller loops. Braided strip wraps around the bottom of the knob. The field color is a natural light brown, decorated with two bands of short oblique purple stripes. There is a third band, closer to the knob, with oblique purple stripes.