Tuesday, June 21, 2011

JuJu Hats

I have seen these through out the years in decor magazines and on design shows alike. Always just thinking they were some sort of trendy feather medallion of some sort. Not really knowing the full story of the JuJu Headress, which is the correct name for it....

Traditionally worn by Village Chiefs and dignitaries in the Cameroon region of central Africa, Juju hats have since gained popularity with interior designers, and are often used as an eye-catching accessory for the home. Beautiful bird feathers are painstakingly hand sewn onto a raffia fiber base/basket that splays out into a huge circle. Feathers are considered rare objects of beauty and a symbol of prosperity and wealth associated with the positive qualities of birds. When not in use, the Juju hat can be neatly folded in on itself for easy storage (as shown). A perfect example of fine, unique and skillful weaving from Central West Africa, Juju hats have featured in high-end decor magazines, such as Domino, Elle Decor and Inside Out, to name a few.

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