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Make + Model: Juju Hats

In the world of interior design, Juju hats have become a source for dramatic wall art.

Written By:  Brandy Adams

Photographers:  Supplied

In the world of interior design, Juju hats have become a source for dramatic wall art. I remember seeing my first Juju hat on the cover of Domino magazine. I had no idea what it was, but I knew I wanted one in my life! They are an artistic element but also a textural one that adds depth to a space. Fast forward to the launch my shop, MAKE + MODEL; one of the first curated pieces I wanted to offer was the Juju hat. The challenge arose when I started investigating the origin of Juju hats and how to actually obtain these beauties...

— Brandy Adams is the owner and curator of Nashville-based Make + Model — a style studio and online shop.

MAKE: Cameroon, Africa

MODEL: The Juju hat, Bamiléké feather headdress or Tyn hat


The Juju hat is an African tribal headdress that symbolizes prosperity. It is believed to possess the positive qualities and beauty of birds as well as fragility of life. They are traditionally worn by the royal dancers during important ceremonies held by the tribal chief. Each headdress is handmade by Cameroonian craftsman of natural or dyed feathers. Unfolded, the circular hat can have a circumference up to 36 inches. They come in a wide range of colors, either monochrome or combinations.

Needless to say, finding a vendor directly from Cameroon required some risk taking on my part but as with everything in life, “nothing ventured, nothing gained.” I have been amazed at the quality and craftsmanship that goes into every hat. Each one is original and unique in its own way; they truly are works of art.

Check this Pinterest board for more examples of how to use Juju hats in your space!
 

Juju Hats

Photo courtesy Pinterest, found on projectdecor.com

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