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JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - MAY 10: An unidentified artist sews bed work on a Makarapa helmet on May 10, 2010, in Alfred Baloyi's studio in Wynberg, north of Johannesburg, South Africa. Mr. Baloyi, and a diehard Kaizer Chiefs soccer fan, started to make these hats in 1979. Initially he asked a friend who worked at a construction site for a helmet, as he wanted to protect himself from missiles at games. He later started to paint it, and later started to make this different figures hand cut out from the helmet. During the years he has made many different artistic hats that are on display in his studio in a shack in Primrose, Johannesburg. He later gave up his job as a washer of busses. From his small workshop in a squatter camp in Primrose south east of Johannesburg he recently made partner with an investor and have a brand new factory with about fifty people employed to make the hats. (Photo by Per-Anders Pettersson/Getty Images)