Your New Juju Hat
Congratulations on the purchase of your Juju Hat!
Our Juju Hats are handmade by a single artisan in Cameroon and shipped directly to us in Toronto where they are inspected for quality before being placed into our inventory. With the right care, your Juju Hat will continue to turn heads for years to come.
Below are some general instructions on how to hang and best care for your new Juju Hat.
Opening your Juju Hat:
- Each Juju Hat arrives in a closed position
- To open the Juju Hat carefully unwrap the long plastic cord encircling your Juju Hat. Do not cut this cord. Not only does it wrap around your Juju Hat to keep it closed (for transportation or storage purposes) but it also, essentially, holds the raffia base of the Juju Hat together.
Hanging your Juju Hat:
- On the back of the Juju Hat are two plastic loops. Holding one loop in each hand use your thumbs (or knee since you need to apply a bit of pressure!) to fully push the centre of the raffia backing forward. The Juju Hat will 'bloom' open
- Give the centre of the raffia backing an extra push to ensure the very centre portion of the Juju Hat - when viewed from the front - is nice and full
- Hang the Juju Hat on your wall using one of the loops on the back
- Tuck the long plastic string behind the hat so that it's hidden
- Stand back and admire your new Juju Hat
Caring for your Juju Hat:
- Like anything that remains stationery, your Juju Hat can collect dust. Once or twice a year we recommend gently shaking out your Juju Hat outdoors.
- Depending on the climate in your region, moths may be attracted to the feathers. In this case you can spray your Juju Hat seasonally with an anti-moth spray. Similarly, you can use a cedar block or bag of dried lavender in the back of the hat to repel any moths. We have not have any customers advise us of this issue and have our own Juju Hats adorning our walls for well over two years without issue.
So in lieu, we recommend that you use essential oils. They’re safe to use and smells really good, too! You can use citronella, patchouli, lavender, or eucalyptus. Just place a few drops of these essential oils on a clean cloth and gently rub the feathers with it.
Lavender, by the way, has the ability to ward off moth as well. Moth has a penchant for feathers, too. If dabbing the feathers with essential oil is too much work, you can simply place a few dried lavender flowers on a filter paper, fold it, then attach it to the back of the juju hat base. Another way to treat it is placing a little bag of lavender or cedar wood on the back of the headdress, which naturally repel bugs. In some countries, anti-moth sprays can be found in hardware stores.