headdress (clothing: headwear)

'Shushut', or beaded headdress. The headdress is made of woven textile. Beads, small bells and white buttons are threaded onto the surface of the object. There are tassels at one end of the headdress.

Shushut headdresses are worn at all times by women except for when they go to bed at night. Even then if a woman wakes up and gets out of bed to stoke the fire or feed her baby she may well put her shushut on, so integral are they to woman's sense of self.

Collection Information

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