How a Gujarati immigrant went to Johannesburg and set up a legendary hat-making store
Nothing brings style, history and social organization instead of a hat. When the Europeans began operating with India in the 16th century, they were known because they had never been revealed in the head. They became the kulahposhan – people hat.
In India, one was recognized by the style and turban ornativité that it was. There was, of course, a cap of any kind was forbidden. Keep head to head in sign of greater status: chestnuts in the English squires to Edwardian England and lower castes face the upper caste owners should reveal their heads.
“To go cap in hand” as much as “I put my turban on his feet” say deference and hope for mercy or patronage. For the rich, of course, hats have become symbols of excess. The Stovepipe hats for men and baroque foliage on the hats worn by women at Ascot Racecourse meant luxury and status: a preference for extravagance in comfort.
Hat making was associated with madness as much as political activity. Hatters in France were the first to organize themselves politically as a guild in France from the 17th century. Prolonged exposure to the mercury used in healing felt, led to the eruption of hats manufacturers and was called Crazy Singer Syndrome.
If caps were universal and coverage or discovery of the head had multiple meanings in different cultures, caps manufacturers were also part of a larger circulation universe, fluidity and fashion.
For Mabro hats, Johannesburg, the story begins with the immigrant Gujarati Uka Bhikha Prajapati, traveling across the Indian Ocean to South Africa, following the influx of contract labor. His fascinating history is told in the Masters mansions recently published by photographer Mark Lewis and Tanya Zack writer.
Although the Potter caste, Bhika Uka decided that making hats would be the source of wealth in this outpost of the British Empire. The ocean and the geographic distribution of the Empire were very fluent to those of the house implacable hierarchies. The movements intended anonymity and thus mobility.
Bhika Uka changed her name Prajâpati in Master, which means skill, education and state. Established in 1932, Mabro hats used 80 workers and produced 100 matches per day: 300,000 per year at its heyday in the mid-20th century. Mabro, while a diminutive form of Maestros Brothers had sound resonances beyond their threshed sound.
Evocative class (Duke of Marlborough); Style (the Marlboro man in his Stetson); And the street jargon “bro Ma ‘” (my brother), which was a resonant surname election. And the hat became a world of materials and trade that exceeded the empire. The wine material from around the world, such as modes: France, Switzerland and even “busy Japan”.
Mr. Master has acquired ownership of the lands of humans, the western boundaries of Johannesburg. In the middle of grabbing apartheid, he and his two business partners have completed a six-story building with a Hindu temple at the top. Taking into account smuggling laws, the Areas Act group and the strict separation between races (reminiscent of caste system in India), Master Mansions became the resting point of India Travel.