The Makarapa helmet or Pletterpet came about in the 1970′s. Alfred Baloyi used to come home black and blue from the football games he went to watch due to over enthusiastic fans. He started ging to the games wearing his miners helmet painted in the colours of his favorite team. After requests from other football fans Alfred started perfecting the Makarapa and a phenomenom was born. The original Makarapa is still made by hand in Alfred Bayoli’s Makarapa workshop.

Alfred Baloyi is the Makarapa Man

(Photo: Wiebke Wilting)

Alfred Baloyi is the Makarapa Man

(Photo: Wiebke Wilting)

Alfred Baloyi is the Makarapa Man

(Photo: Wiebke Wilting)

Alfred Baloyi is the Makarapa Man

(Photo: Wiebke Wilting)

Alfred Baloyi is the Makarapa Man

(Photo: Wiebke Wilting)

Alfred Baloyi is the Makarapa Man

(Photo: Wiebke Wilting)

Alfred Baloyi is the Makarapa Man

(Photo: Wiebke Wilting)

Alfred Baloyi is the Makarapa Man

(Photo: Wiebke Wilting)

Alfred Baloyi is the Makarapa Man

(Photo: Wiebke Wilting)

Alfred Baloyi is the Makarapa Man

(Photo: Wiebke Wilting)

Alfred Baloyi is the Makarapa Man

(Photo: Wiebke Wilting)

Alfred Baloyi is the Makarapa Man

(Photo: Wiebke Wilting)

Alfred Baloyi is the Makarapa Man

(Photo: Wiebke Wilting)

Alfred Baloyi is the Makarapa Man

(Photo: Wiebke Wilting)

Alfred Baloyi is the Makarapa Man

(Photo: Wiebke Wilting)

Alfred Baloyi is the Makarapa Man

(Photo: Wiebke Wilting)

Alfred Baloyi is the Makarapa Man

(Photo: Wiebke Wilting)

Alfred Baloyi is the Makarapa Man

(Photo: Wiebke Wilting)

Alfred Baloyi is the Makarapa Man

(Photo: Wiebke Wilting)

Alfred Baloyi is the Makarapa Man

(Photo: Wiebke Wilting)

Alfred Baloyi is the Makarapa Man

(Photo: Wiebke Wilting)

Alfred Baloyi is the Makarapa Man

(Photo: Wiebke Wilting)