In the summer of 2015, while R is away at an aerospace internship, I plan to take part in a Mandarin immersion program.
I have heard wonderful things, and met wonderful people from Taiwan, so I have been concentrating my search there. It would be such fun to stay with a host family, and to dedicate three months to nothing but practicing my Chinese!
I am officially obsessed.
I have watched these colourful hats pop up all over magazines, blogs, and pinterest and now I have determined that our apartment couldn’t possibly be complete without one ^~
While we Western pinterest-fiends have been using these exclusively as colourful wallhangings, juju hats (more formally known as Bamiléké headdresses) are actually a part of a ceremonial costume worn by royal dancers in Cameroon. They are purported to possess the positive qualities of the birds that give their feathers to make them, and represent both the beauty and fragility of life. They are often dyed in bright, gorgeous colours, or can be more natural and subdued. I love the idea of hanging a veritable celebration in your home!
I’ve been trying to find something to hang over our desk that doesn’t compete with the beautiful painting I recently purchased, but that adds an additional point of interest to our studio apartment. I’ve been looking at gallery walls, but I always find them too cluttered for my taste. My decorating style, as I’ve described, is white on white minimal/modern with bold splashes of colour. I love bright blues, greens, and fuchsias as my accents.
Ladies, gentlemen, may I present the splash of colour I was looking for:
The only downside to Bamilékés is that they are outrageously expensive, no doubt owing to the work that goes into hand stitching each feather to a raffia base. I’ve found a few tutorials, like this one, and this one, and am considering trying my hand at making my own Juju hat out of feathers or wool. Either that, or perhaps begging for one for Christmas. A traditional tribal headdress wouldn’t be the most unusual Christmas request I’ve made! ^~