- Museum number
Cap composed of two pieces of bleached white machine plain woven cotton. The body of the hat is decorated with a series of panels filled with geometric patterns primarily based around triangles, diamonds and zig-zags. The patterns have been created using a technique similar to quilting. The upper section of the cap has a running stitch running the complete circumference which has then been gathered to create the desired shape.
- Production date
- 30 December 1971 ((?) Purchased by vendor)
Diameter: 17 centimetres
Height: 13 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Multicoloured embroidered caps are a key element of Hausa dress. The popularity of these caps has developed over the last 20-30years. This increase in popularity coincides with the expectation that all men will cover their heads. During this time there has also been a simplification of dress leaving the more cumbersome forms of head covering behind in exchange for the simpler cap (Heathcote 1975 The Nigerian Field Vol XL).
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- 2008 (8 September)
- Acquisition notes
- This collection was made over a ten year period in the late 1960s and early 1970s when the vendor and collector, Dr David Heathcote, was Head of Art History at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, northern Nigeria. His PhD research focused on the study of Hausa embroidered dress; this collection was formed as a result of his extensive field research.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: C101 (Heathcote collection number)