Sanibonani, Ninjani? Ukhuluma isiZulu na?
I taught myself some Zulu. This is where I do the shaky dance. Don’t ask me what that means.
Seriously though it’s time we get familiar with some of our fashion culture and every African Nation’s identity. I have always admired the Zulu hats and it seems they are now becoming a fashion statement and so I thought why not start off with it. During my search I even came across YouTube videos that illustrate how you can make one.
I’d rather just buy but if you are artistic and in that line of passion you can check out the videos. To get inspiration I would recommend http://earthafricacurio.com/ they have some amazing hats which you can also purchase.
The hats were traditionally worn only by the married Zulu woman during religious and cultural ceremonies. Zulu hats are worn pulled down over their heads almost touching their ears.
I learnt that In Zulu hats have become a symbol of both status and religion. The Shembe Church for example, which incorporates Christianity with traditional Zulu belief, has its own distinct beading style used by church members: predominantly white beading interspersed with multicolored chevron and diamond patterns on a hat shaped like a “pill box.”
Zulu Hats or Isicholos as called by the Zulu are mostly hand made by the rural women of Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa made from woven grass or palm leaf fronds. They are then covered in fabric and bead work trim or cotton then an addition of ethnic designs if so desired.
Others are woven from rope or vegetable fiber dyed with ochre and covered over a basket frame.
Zulu Hats come in every color you can imagine, and in different sizes. This form of art has created employment for many women in South Africa as the rainbow colours have been used as inspiration to make different artifacts including home decors.
Here are a few pics of the Zulu hats!
Hamba kahle. (Am not gonna tell you what I just said, go figure it out) This is me being proud. Lol