Juju hats, or Tyn hats as they are traditionally known, are ceremonial crowns of great cultural significance to the Bamileke people of Cameroon. These intricately created pieces are worn during meetings of the King and royal council.
Along with Tyn crowns, ornately decorated masks are worn at these ceremonial meetings. The leopard and the elephant masks - the most revered - are reserved for the King and the warrior class. Most commonly these masks and juju hats are worn together, but occasionally the hats are worn alone. In every instance, the juju hat brings with it a great sense of honor and royal dignity.
Juju hats are created by tying bundles of feathers to raffia sticks, and then sewing the raffia sticks together in a circular pattern to create the round shape. The outer layers of raffia are covered with dark fabric to protect the juju hat and create a clean, beautiful appearance.
The Bamileke people are a diverse ethic group that struggled through centuries of war and oppression during the colonization era in the 20th century. Their cultural traditions, many languages, intricate costumes and styles of dance are a source of great pride and serve as an important connection to the past. By adorning your home with one of our Juju Hats, our Bamileke artisans invite you to share in the honor and prestige of royalty.