Sidamo Headrest | Ethiopia
Historically headrests date back to ancient times. They are considered to be one of the most important of their few possessions that they travelled with. Whilst used primarily to rest their heads upon whilst sleeping, protecting them from dust and insects as well as preserving elaborate coiffures. They also have spiritual powers which evoke dreams. They were extremely personal to the owner, never lent to others and highly prized.
Whilst this stunning headrest comes from the Sidamo people of Ethiopia, this style of headrest is also common place with the Gurage people. They are called "Boraati" or "Yagerteras" and are hand-carved from indigenous wood in a simple and structural shape.
We love headrests for their soulful connection to their makers and the unique details that make each one special. Headrests are also increasingly rare to come across so finding a beautiful one to become part of your collection is truly special. Style as a sculptural decorative piece anywhere in the home.
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