Ashetu Cameroon Grasslands Hat

Ashetu Grasslands African hat from Cameroon
Ashetu Grasslands African hat from Cameroon
Ashetu Grasslands Hat
Ashetu Grasslands African hat from Cameroon

Ashetu hat from Cameroon Grasslands
Sales price £185.00


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Originating from the Cameroon Grassland close to the border with Nigeria this hat, known as an Ashetu would have been worn as a status symbol by high ranking individuals. The tradition was such that slaves were not allowed to cover their head whereas freemen had to do so. The result is a rich tradition of hats like this one using the technique of "knotless netting". Highly valued, the woven and dyed hats were traditionally given to high ranking individuals. The bulls-eye motif on the top of the hat is a common feature of such hats.

This hat features fine craftsmanship and is in good condition. Please don't put in in the laundry!