Our vibrant authentic Juju Hats are handmade by the Bamileke women in West Cameroon, a group of 20 Bamileke master craft women that create the finest headdresses. The Juju Hat is a symbol of prosperity and divinity in Bamileke culture from West and Northeast Cameroon. Feathers symbolize beauty as well as fragility.
Juju Hats were traditionally headdress worn by royal dancers during ceremonies held by the chief. Juju Hats are created from natural or dyed chicken feathers stitched into a raffia basket creating an elaborate headdress that was sacred to the Bamileke.
Many Bamileke traditions remain intact and have passed from generation to generation as a source of cultural identity and historical pride. The combination of strength, beauty and splendid elaboration define the royal ceremonies of the Bamileke embodied in the elaborate feathered crowns which today decorate rooms around the world offering everyone a bit of prestige that was once a rare artifact reserved only for a select few.
The headdresses are fully fumigated to ensure their longevity. Each Juju Hat is unique and is handmade with love by a master craftswomen. No two pieces are exactly the same and there can be slight variations in color and size. It is these differences that we cherish most.