Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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katiba (hat)
  • unknown Sotho maker
  • katiba (hat), late 1800s–1970
  • Where object was made: Lesotho
  • plant fiber, plastic string, coiling
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 11 x 26 x 27.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 4 5/16 x 10 1/4 x 10 13/16 in
  • Gift of Charles Adams
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3215

The hat has an oval crown, straight sides, and flat top. The small brim is directed downward. Light natural plant fiber was used for the rod. The coiling stitches were made with a plastic string, primarily green, but with detail in dark blue. Overall, the hat has a green and yellow coloration.