Among the Lega people of eastern Zaire, headgear is an important indicator of social position. Certain caps, headbands, and headdresses are the exclusive prerogative of the Bwami men's association. This headdress, called sawamazembe, is worn only by high-ranking members of this group. The hat's wig-like form represents a woman's coiffure, illustrating the blurring of gender-distinctions among high-ranking Bwami members. The shell ornaments on the front suggest the moon, while buttons and a seed pod provide additional embellishment.