African cultures are reknowned for their diversity of hats and extravagent headwear. Although diccicult to come by these days (and hence collectible), African headwear, including ornate hairstyles- often denote rank, status and cultural associations. Hair ornamentation is an important part of social standing in many traditional African cultures. The patoralist nomads of East Africa braid their hair and use Red ochre to highlight the colour, otehrs wear ornate headwear fashioned from Ostrich feathers, lion mains and carefully collected human hair. In contrast the forest dwelling people of Cameroon and Nigeria tradtionally wore hats carefully fashioned from woven dyed natural fibres or feathers which depicted class and social status. Lines blue when masks are adorned with headdresses or when combs are carefully carved from wood and depicted ornate decoration.Hairstyles, braids, beads and African headwear together tell a story about who a person is, where they come from, what their status is and often denotes their status and wealth within a community. From the feather "juju" hats of the Bamileke to the woven grass hats of the Congo and even the head-rest of EAst Africa- African hats, headwear and associated items of material culture reveal a diversity of styles and stories as varied as the people of the African continent.