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DODY, Guadeloupean, founded 1973  Search this
cotton, paper, and adhesive
H x W x D: 9 1/2 × 10 × 10 1/2 in. (24.1 × 25.4 × 26.7 cm)
Place made:
Pointe-à-Pitre, Grande-Terre, Guadeloupe, Caribbean, Latin America, North and Central America
Cultural Place:
Madras, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, Asia
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.
African American  Search this
African diaspora  Search this
Clothing and dress  Search this
Fashion  Search this
Women  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Joanne Hyppolite
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No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture