Handmade in West Africa, this grass hat is traditional headwear of the Fulani – migrant cattle herders found throughout West Africa – who wear them in the fields and deserts as protection from the harsh West African sun.
It’s unique, comfortable and unusual, and makes a fabulous wall hanging as well.
Made from grass fibres and leather, the Fulani hat has strong cultural significance for many African people. Not only does it protect the wearer from the harsh rays of the sun, but is also a symbol of wealth and status.
During festivals Fulani men wear them as way to attract women. And many boys in West Africa collect grasses to weave into the hats, then decorate them and sell them in exchange for a chicken. With the chicken’s eggs he can start bringing in an income to support himself and his family.
Wearing one of these hats lets you enjoy the culture of West Africa while beating the summer heat.