The LOTO were originally a social appendant body to the Daughters of Rebekah, the women’s auxiliary to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. More recently, the group has opened itself up to all women over the age of 18 who believe in a Supreme Being, but the membership remains primarily composed of women associated with the Rebekahs or Odd Fellows. The group meets in a “Zuanna” and is presided over by the “Great Ashayhi.” The letter “Z” on the fez refers to the term Zuanna. There is a far more complex system of tassels in LOTO than in AMOS or most other fez-wearing groups, with almost every officer having a unique color or color combination. As with many Odd Fellows related groups, this organization has suffered from low membership in recent years, but a new Zuanna was established in California in 2015 (the first in roughly 25 years to be active in that state.)
This fez was purchased by the museum at auction and was quite the enigma! However, we received information from another fez collector, Tyler Anderson of New Mexico, who was able to identify it as belonging to the Ladies of the Orient. The fez is also unique in that it is cut in the back, so that the size could be adjusted. This is the only fez like this in the entire collection. The purple tassel denotes that the wearer is a Past Ashayhi of a Zuanna.