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Long-ago explorers in Africa wore hats made out of pith, a cork-like material, that they soaked in water to help keep themselves cool. Babatunde took this traditional helmet design—which could easily represent imperialism and exploitation—and fused it with a symbol of native Africa by adding colorful wax-printed fabric designs. Eye-catching and colorful, this Pith Helmet carries a thought-provoking juxtaposition of ideas in one dapper design.
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Circumference: 22”. Sales from this product help to support African Lookbook’s oral history project. To learn more about the stories and people behind African Lookbook, check out our blog.
Founded by Aaron Kohn and Phil Sandick in 2012, African Lookbook celebrates African creativity through interviews, oral histories, and products in its online shop. Based in New York, its ethically obtained goods run the gamut from bowties and wood sculptures to sofas, iPhone cases, T-shirts, and posters, all of which have been designed by cutting-edge African talent.