Juju hats, or Aka headdresses, have been used for years in residential, hotel and commercial projects. Many of us have come across them, but many people are still unaware of the origins of juju hat which are traditional African hats symbolizing good fortune!
Incorporating one of these feathered hats into a design was a hot trend a few years ago, but this trend is making a comeback. Is this just a comeback trend or a timeless piece? Either way, we love the way they add texture to a space.
1. What do the juju hats symbolize?
The juju hat is a symbol of good fortune and prosperity. Made from feathers and wicker, juju hats also symbolize the purity of life and the beauty of birds.
These headdresses originated in West Cameroon, in the Bamileke kingdom, and are traditionally worn by royalty and other high-ranking members of society during festivals and ceremonies.
2. Where can I find authentic juju hats?
It takes several weeks for several artisans to make an authentic hat, with the intricate placement of each feather folded into place. Prices vary depending on size, quality and authenticity. There are also beautiful artificial hats available for sale at low prices.
The Karioska House offers authentic juju hats. The heart of our business is based on promoting handicrafts and contributing to the economic development of the Western region of Cameroon. We collaborate directly with local artisans on the design and choice of raw materials, this, in an eco responsible approach.
3. Where and how to hang your Aka headdress?
Over a fireplace, over a headboard, in the dining room, the list is endless. They can be placed individually or in groups. These feathered hats easily add texture and interest to a room.
The juju harmonizes with other African decorative objects.
4. How to choose the juju that fits your space?
There are so many options available that it can be hard to choose which one!
An off-white is usually a safe bet.
If you opt for a bold and colorful design, make sure it matches the color scheme of the room.
This is true for anything you add to a room, but especially when it's a centerpiece!
Bright, colorful pieces create a dramatic effect while neutral tones give a subtle, layered look.
The Juju hat folds on itself to be very easy to carry or to store. It requires a particular maintenance because of its composition of natural elements. It is therefore important to buy it from specialized stores.
So, do you dare the juju hat?