Africa and Beyond
Africa and Beyond, the La Jolla African art gallery, is celebrating 25 years of showcasing ethnographic arts and contemporary fair-trade crafts. To mark the occasion, the gallery is presenting the exhibit “Hats Off.”
Featuring an array of exotic African, Asian, Oceanic, and Native American hats and headdresses, this trove of “crowning achievements” is fashioned from colorful beads, basketry, shells, feathers, buttons, and more.
“From the simple woven conical hat worn by a baby to shield him from the sun while carried on his mother’s back to an elaborate beaded crown worn by a Yoruba king, hats have a long and rich tradition whether for function or pure artistry,” says proprietor Ian Allen.
The exhibit runs August 2 through October 19.