Red, yellow, blue, and white Madras headdress

Created by
DODY, Guadeloupean, founded 1973
Date
2015
Medium
cotton, paper, and adhesive
Dimensions
H x W x D: 9 1/2 × 10 × 10 1/2 in. (24.1 × 25.4 × 26.7 cm)
Description
A plaid headdress formed into a traditional Guadeloupian style. The red, blue, yellow, and white woven Madras style plaid cotton is formed and heat-set into a fixed structure with a portion rolled and gathered to fit over the crown of the head like a cap, and a decorative accordion-pleated fan reaching from ear to ear over the top of the head. The cap has a layer of medium-weight paper between the facing and lining Madras fabric to provide extra support. The raw edges of the fabric are hot-glued on the interior of the cap. A knot at the center back cap portion is also hot-glued, as is the back edge of the knot at the base of the fan. A manufacturer's tag reading "DODY" in white on a plaid ground is attached with a plastic tag to the proper left side of the fan near the cap.
Place made
Pointe-à-Pitre, Grande-Terre, Guadeloupe, Caribbean, Latin America, North and Central America
Classification
Clothing-Fashion
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 050
Type
headdresses
Topic
African diaspora
Clothing and dress
Fashion
Women
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Joanne Hyppolite
Object number
2015.153
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5d15d472c-4cac-40cb-a2da-8351b868a20f
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