Bamileke Feather Hat
Wonderfully adorned Bamileke feather hat.
Origin: Grasslands Cameroon
Approx Age: Mid 20th Century
Materials: Hessian, Feathers
Dimensions cm: 25(tall) x 37 (feather spread)
Ref. Number: 1130
Stunning Bamileke feather hat. Hessian headband to which the crown of this hat is covered in feathers, most probably chicken feathers. Intricately woven into the hessian frame that forms the top of this hat. The very clever way in which this tribal hat is made enables it to be turned inside out helping to protect and keep the beautiful feather crown in wonderful condition. An amazing creation and captivating headdress.
This is an exceptional headdress of the Bamileke origin, a dominating tribe of the Grasslands Cameroon. The ‘market’ refers to the crowns as Juju hats, but in ‘old’ Cameroon they were called Tyn. Prior to the production to the tourist market, feathered crowns were worn exclusively by prominent members of society such as chiefs, diviners and dancers, at weddings, royal affairs and sometimes funerals.
The Bamileke are the native people of three regions of Cameroon, namely West, North-West and South-West. Though greater part of this people are from the West region, it is estimated that over the 1/3 of Bamileke are from the English speaking regions, the majority of which are from the North-West region (there are 123 Bamileke villages in this region, against 06 in the South-West). The Grassfields area, therefore, encompasses the West and North-West and a small part of the South-West region of Cameroon.
The photo opposite was taken by Abdel Aziz Gbetnkom, he attended at this harvest festival and was sat among 14 chiefs of neighbouring villages and took some great photos of this spectacle and shared them with us as this feathered headdress and the others we have on the website here for sale Abdel had purchased for us on our behalf.
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