YES, the What is This? post from yesterday is a pile of colorful hats that were being displayed for sale at the Chincoteague Decoy and Art Festival last weekend. Beatrice is modeling one in her favorite color – purple.
CONGRATS to AC, Elaine, Sandra and Steve – you all share braggin’ rights.
This display was next to Grenville’s setup and we chatted with Fatou Sall, the young woman, who handmade all these hats and many more.
Fatou, a native of the Republic of Cameroon, Africa, lives in MD. The hats are made from raffia, a natural fiber that can be woven like straw. It comes from the raffia palm that is native to many parts of Africa. Crafters value raffia for its softness, durability, and for being easy to dye.
Fatou sells the hats at art festivals and craft shows throughout the spring and summer. They sell for $40 each; see more online at her etsy store.