Image: Widow's cap (or mourning cap)

Widow's cap (or mourning cap)

This is a widow's cap (or mourning cap) from the Yandilla area in north-western New South Wales. It is made from a cast of woven cordage with 2 cm spaces. The cord net is covered with a layer of kopi, a white gypsum clay, which ranges from 2.5 to 3.0 cm in thickness. The deep imprint of the cord net can be seen inside the cap. It is the size of an average woman's head and is 27 cm long, 24 cm wide and 17 cm high.


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