The Juju Hat or Bamileke hat from Cameroon has become somewhat of a contemporary interior necessity. What was once and still is a traditional ceremonial hat worn by the chiefs or high priests in Cameroons rural villages is now being adorned in all its feathered glory and vivid colourways on some of the most luxurious homes and hotel walls around the world. Top interior designers are using these items constantly to add colour, texture and more importantly a visual fantasy to their clients homes.
The Juju Hats are made in rural villages in Cameroon by incredibly talented craftsmen and women. They are made using feathers from chickens which are dyed two or three times to get the rich colours just right. The base of the Bamileke hat is made from thin grasses and wood. Tied together using plastic string. The hats are then fumigated and we bring them to London.
If you have bought a Juju Hat and wonder how to clean it follow these simple tips:
1) When you first receive the Juju hat open it up immediately to air it out.
2) Use your vacuum cleaner on the lowest possible power to clean the feathers by vacuuming from the middle outwards. You should do this every two weeks.
3) If the feathers get ruffled or go out of shape use water on your fingertips and pull the feathers gently into shape again one at a time.
4) Juju Hats are textile and may attract moths. Use a sticky moth trap at the back or near the hat if you are worried about this. The male moths will get trapped on the sticky surface away from the hats.