Melania Trump wore a wooden helmet make of pith which is very light wood, in Africa. Melania was charmed by the black people of the four African countries she selected for her very first International trip.
The racist American Democrats, — see “Death of a Nation” for a thousand reasons the Democrats supported, defended and went to war to defend slavery. The Slavery-supporting Democrats went to war with the Republicans who eventually were successful in driving Slavery out of America. Slavery.
The Democrats still get so much so wrong. They wrongly believe the pith helmet is a marker of colonialism but it’s made from wood, a very, very light wood that’s revered almost as holy to the Indians, especially the Hindu people.
It’s called “Shola” and it’s one of the lightest woods and it comes primarily from four places in India, home of the largest nation of brown people, people that Melania also honored during her Africa trip by wearing a pith helmet. The biological name of shola is Aeschynomene aspera of the bean family. It is an herbaceous plant, which grows especially in the marshy areas of Bengal, Assam, Orissa and the Deccan.
Thousands and thousands of Indian workers are in the pith crafts.
Sholapith is similar in form to man-made polystyrene foam (sometimes known by the brand names Thermacol and Styrofoam), but is superior in terms of malleability, texture, lustre and sponginess.
In West Bengal, this craft is mainly practised in the districts of Bardhaman, Murshidabad, Birbhum, Nadia, Hooghly, Malda and the south 24 Parganas district. Sholapith craftsmen are known as Malakar, meaning “garland maker”, probably because they made shola garlands for idols and for the noble class.
About 5,000 artisans practice this craft. Craftsmen spend months on each piece. In Murshidabad shola crafts are flowery designs, decorative headwear of gods and goddesses, garlands, figurines such as the faces of gods and goddesses, elephant howdahs, peacock boats and palanquins. Shola products are exported to across the world. In South 24 Parganas, many poor families earn their livelihood from shola products. Big puja pandels of Calcutta are beautifully decorated using shola.
The idol makers of Kumortuli who traditionally produced clay idols have taken to making idols of sholapith and fibreglass. While fibreglass products can cost around Rs 110,000-120,000, those prepared from sholapith cost Rs 90,000. The height of the idols can vary from four to nine feet. These are mostly purchased for Indian community puja organizers abroad.
An “Aden” or “Cawnpore” style of pith helmet.
The shola (sola)-style pith helmet—also known as the sun helmet, topee, shola topee, salacot or topi, is a lightweight helmet made of shola pith, with a cloth cover and a particular design and thickness designed to shade and insulate the wearer’s head from the sun. It was popular among Westerners in India, Pakistan, Egypt, Sudan, Iraq, Transjordan, Palestine, Sri Lanka, and other tropical and subtropical British colonies until the late 1960s.
Later this style of hat became associated with colonial oppression and was slowly abandoned by Western visitors, but continues to be used by military units around the world. The Shola-style helmet has, however, recently gained popularity among traffic police in cities such as Chennai during the summer as they insulate the wearer from the oppressive South Asian summer heat.
This is what the stupid Democrats oppose.
So Horray! for Melania for increasing the awareness of the Indian people by wearing a pith helmet.