Prestige cap

Bamum peoples
first half of the 20th century
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General Description

Blue glass tubular and seed beads cover the entire surface of this crocheted cap, which holds a secret: the inner edge, which is not readily visible to the viewer, is decorated with chevrons composed of red, light blue, and dark blue beads. The beads were imported from Europe, making them expensive and difficult to obtain.

Excerpt from

African Headwear: Beyond Fashion, Label text, 2011.