Credit: Arent & Pyke Fig Tree House
The Bamileke hats now famously known as the Juju hats have become a must have accessory feature in almost any interior designers project/home. The hats have been highlighted in numerous interior design magazines and have gained international recognition thanks to the ever growing social media platform.
Juju feather headdresses are handmade and worn by royal families and chiefs from the Bamileke, Tikar, and Babanki tribes of Cameroon in Africa. The juju headdress is worn during tribal ceremonies and represents freedom, prosperity, and beauty. Traditionally, the most elaborate juju hats are worn by the eight men, known as the Mkem – The holders of hereditary rights.
Each Juju hat we provide is 100% authentic/Cameroonian and hand crafted from dyed feathers that are treated and sewn onto a woven raffia fiber base or commonly known as palm tree fibers. Each hat on average takes 3 full days for our team of artisans to make with absolutely zero shortcuts and the quality speaks for itself. A leather tab/strap included in the back of the hat is used to pull the hat open and can also be utilized for hanging off a wall. Standard diameter for a Juju hat is usually 80cm or 30 inches.
When you receive the Juju hat you will need to unwrap the string to allow the feathers to splay out. Do not cut the string to prevent cutting feathers and/or damaging the raffia. Once unwrapped you will push the center of the raffia base outward until the center pops out and the feathers unfold. We recommend letting the Juju hat lie flat for at least 6 hours to help the feathers relax, once that is done you can adjust the feathers as needed by softly using your fingers. Easily use tape to hide the string but “DO NOT“cut the strings as they hold together the hat.
Please note: You will need to spray the feathers every 3-4 months with an anti-moth spray (found in most drugs stores) to prevent damage.