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Looking to Spruce Up Your Home for Spring? Here’s 2 Ways How, Bamileke Style

Blossom by blossom the spring begins. - Algernon Charles Swinburne Ah, spring… as fresh as morning dew on your window sill… a time when nature awakes, and the earth begins to shake off the cold and to wake up from its winter slumber. Colors of spring are nothing but reviving. Spring is the time for renewal and new beginnings. The colors of this season represent a brighter, livelier tone than the winter blues. The uncured ultra-modern hues and shades are also associated with nature, which means that they are more natural and less artificial, as opposed to their winter counterparts. Source : Pritchett-Rapf Blog Picture that comparison for a minute… the most popular spring colors are green, yellow, and purple…...

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THE SENUFO STOOL CHARM : TOP 4 INTERIOR TIPS

African art is functional, it serves a purpose. It's not dormant. It's not a means to collect the largest cheering section. It should be healing, a source a joy. Spreading positive vibrations. - Mos Def The Senufo stool. The stool that floated down to earth from the heavens, as legend has it. We have written about this thought provoking unique stool design and  how the people in Alépé make it … but even more exciting in this day and age, is how these Senufo designs have become popular with decorators in the West for their elegance in structure and their beautiful elongated designs. Identified by the extraordinary skill used to carve it, with no breaks in form, this unique handcrafted piece is...

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A TALE INTO JUJU HATS AND ITS ORIGIN

Juju hats are worn by the Bamileke people of Cameroon to signify wealth and are regarded as avian enchantments. The eight men known as the Mkem – hereditary authorities - wear the most elaborate Juju hats. Mkem and royalty wear them together with animal masks, which are used by Fon – tribal chieftains. It is thought that the king has supernatural abilities, allowing him to shape shift into an animal, therefore they use elephant and leopard masks.

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5 Must Know Facts of JuJu Hats

Juju hats aren't only for hanging on the wall to decorate or brighten up a space; there's a fascinating backstory behind them. They are a Cameroonian headgear that symbolizes royalty and leadership, these hats take days to make by hand and are made of woven grass and feathers.

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OUR LOVE FOR JUJU HATS

The Bamileke people of Cameroon are a unique people in terms of their history. They are cohesive and divided, similar yet distinct, like many African societies before them. The conquest of their territory by Germany in the late nineteenth century was followed by survival under French and British rule during the early twentieth century.

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