Africa | Hats worn by married Zulu people of South Africa | Ring-shaped base of plant fibre is coated with red dyed fabric which is sewn with twisted cords, arranged concentrically, a “tail-like” appendage on top
Traditional South African Zulu shields date back to King Shaka Zulu and have been used by tribesman in battle for hundred of years. As the modern world has evolved so to has the Zulu tribesman. These shields are no longer used in battle but instead used for traditional Zulu ceremonies such as weddings in telling historic ancestry stories. These carved wood designs painted in bold black and white patterns continue to have a striking modern form displayed in groupings.