Isicholo colourful african hat
Isicholo colourful african hat

The Zulu people are known for their bold and splashy colours, from their rainbow beads and bright skirts to their beautiful beaded headpieces (hats) called Isicholo or Inkehli.

Isicholo is worn by a Zulu bride; it is a sign to others that she is no longer a single woman but also as a sign of devotion to her husband and his family. These brightly coloured flat-top hats are either decorated by weaving or beading.

These basket hats are now a fashion statement with different variations and adaptations seen on global runways and worn by famous celebrities such as Beyoncé and Angela Basset in her role as the queen of Wakanda in the famous movie Black Panther.


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