The Zulu hat or |”Isicholos” originated from Kwazulu Natal stronghold of the powerful Zulu nation of South Africa. These hats are traditionally worn by married Zulu women for ceremonial celebrations. They are hand woven from cotton or rope or vegetable fiber, dyed with ochre and covered over a basket frame. Traditionally, they were worn on occasions such as weddings and funerals. Today, however, they have been adopted as an iconic fashion item for many glamorous events such as the opening of our South African parliament, our presidential inaugurations, and other events. They have also become a popular wall décor item and are even used as lampshades. While these hats are originally made from fabric, see our amazing version, created from recycled tin can and wire.