Traditional women's headdress "ekori"
|Old German Colonial Collection (Kiel)||H: 17.3 inch||8500 EUR|
hide (sheep or goatskin), glass beads,
Consisting of leather cap "ocipa" with three lancet-shaped, pointed leather horns "ozonya", which are decorated with fine decorative stitches.
The headdress "ekori" was worn exclusively by married women on special occasions.
It was complemented by a veil made of animal skin, which was rolled up and framed the woman's face.
Only when a young bride was escorted in solemn procession to her husband's hut did she wear the veil open so that it covered her face. Even when a woman returned to her parental home as a widow, she wore her face veiled in this way.
In the late 19th century, in the course of Christianisation, the "ekori" was replaced by a headdress made of cloth, "otjikaiva".