Reading Museum Town Hall

Reading Museum

Search the Collections


Cloth - Late nineteenth to early twentieth century

completed for accessibility and SEO

Cloth cap from Nigeria

This cloth cap is from the Hausa people of northern Nigeria. It was collected in the early-twentieth century by Frank Aust, who worked for the Sudan United Mission. Islam is the predominant religion amongst the Hausa and has had an influence on traditional clothing. Many Hausa men wear colourful caps such as this, also known as kufia caps, similar to Islamic prayer caps.

Frank Aust worked at the Rock Station mission station in Nigeria from its foundation in September 1904. The museum holds no information about his work in Nigeria, but it is most probable that the objects he donated to the museum were collected during his time there. Aust returned to England in around 1908, and later worked in Reading as a teacher of civil engineering.

Museum object number REDMG : 1973.250.1

See related topic: World Collection: Reading Missionaries

See related topic: World Collection: Belief

See related topic: World Collection: Ornamentation

See a very similar cap from Nigeria in the collections of the British Museum.