A KARAMOJONG HEADDRESS

Provenance: Steijler Mission SVD, Blönried, Germany

The Karamojong people of Uganda are well known for their exuberant jewelry and body adornments, including headdresses such as this feather-festooned cap. These headdresses were worn by young warriors. When a young man entered this group, his head was shaved, the hair mixed with mud and sewn into a wire frame. Shaped into a cap, the headdress was then adorned with ostrich feathers attached with springs to maximize their flutter.

Uganda, Africa
Pigments. human hair covered with mud and ostrich feathers