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16 September

CJD - Centre des Jeunes Dirigeants d'entreprise de Paris

study and restoration of a Tupinamba feather cape

© musée du quai Branly, photo Claude Germain
cape before restoration © musée du quai Branly, photograph Claude Germain

An exceptional item due to its age, scarcity and history, this cape is a reference object for the study of Tupinamba culture. Dating from the 16th century, it is composed of feathers mounted on a mesh made of plant fibres. The technological study and recording of the information contained by these materials is essential in understanding the object.

The study and restoration of the cape involves the following activities:

  • consolidation of the feathers
  • consolidation of the plant fibres
  • cleaning of the feathers
  • identification of the species (feathers)
  • identification of the plant fibres

This project was made possible thanks to the support of the Centre des Jeunes Dirigeants (CJD) and 11 of its members: Agence AXA Elhadad Ramon, Athome, CLT Services, Forge & associés, Hikodo, Jiga, Knk, Reliences, Terry link, Viareport, Wit Associés. In 2011, the CJD had already supported the musée du quai Branly and its project to execute a tactile and audio adaptation of its guide to exploring the collections.

le Centre des Jeunes Dirigeants

The Centre des Jeunes Dirigeants (CJD) is an association which, since 1938, has brought together business executives and senior managers motivated by the same conviction that the economy must serve people. Throughout France, 4000 Jeunes Dirigeants (Young Managers) have created a network in which the tools of reflection, training and experimentation are employed for a single purpose: Business serving People.

The Paris section was created in 1938. It is one of the largest in France, with nearly 110 business executives and senior managers. The section is proud to support its members' initiative in this commitment to making an aspect of our artistic heritage available to all. 

And if "art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life", the initiatives of the musée du quai Branly are those that enable meetings between human beings.

Agence Axa Elhadad Ramon

For nearly forty years, the Elhadad Ramon agency has been promoting another vision of insurance:

Our business is supporting our customers in their daily lives, reassuring them as much as insuring them.

We are based in eastern Paris, and work with both private individuals and companies.

Our team has been proud to be involved in the development of the tactile and audio adaptation of the museum's exploration guide. We are extremely pleased to be able to continue our joint and extremely special adventure with the musée du quai Branly and thus to support a second project: the renovation of this wonderful cape.


Athome is proud to support the actions of the musée du quai Branly and to contribute to extending the influence of this magnificent museum.

This support illustrates our belief that every company and every individual can contribute in their own way to making the world a visibly better place.

The restoration of this South American cape follows on from the tactile and audio adaptation of the museum's exploration guide and provides an added dimension to our commitment.

Athome is the leader in outsourcing documents for Property Managers.


"Where cultures meet" An ideal slogan for a superb museum, and one which cannot fail to call to the 25 members of the CLT group, as diversity and cultural encounters are at the heart of our company culture. Specialists in supporting organisations in becoming more efficient by means of our savoir-faire in software and collective intelligence, CLT Services is also defined by its stance as a pro-actively responsible company; a context within which this sponsorship project fits perfectly.

FORGE & Associés

FORGE & Associés is a law firm whose activity is oriented towards Social Law. In this capacity, Forge & Associés supports companies in the analysis and implementation of legal matters linked to Human Resources.

By supporting the musée du quai Branly in this project to restore a Tupinamba cape, Forge & Associés intends to make clear its social commitment by contributing to extend the influence of values which the practice shares: diversity, knowledge sharing and solidarity.

Through its contribution to this project, Forge & Associés wishes to anchor its action on a long-term basis, and to emphasise in particular its belief in diversity.


Jiga is very happy to be associated with the musée du quai Branly. Our participation in the preservation and restoration of a work of art and of cultural heritage, whose aesthetic and historical integrity will be conserved, perfectly reflects our ambition to avoid restricting our action within society to our financial activity, as we believe that we have broader responsibilities and a wider role to play.

Jiga, Parisian leader in outsourced IS departments for small and medium-sized companies.


Knk is a Franco-German group of companies created in 1988. Positioned as an information systems architect, Knk supports small and medium companies and industries in implementing solutions within business management, budgetary management, reporting and dashboards.

Pierre Cochat, the company's executive director and creator, is a member of the Paris section of the Centre des Jeunes Dirigeants (CJD) and in recent years he has established the strategy of the company within the context of an overall performance approach. In this respect, societal commitment is a major component.

The tactile and audio museum exploration guide was our first experience of partnership with the museum. The project for the restoration of this 16th century cape will enable us to confirm our commitment to working with the musée du quai Branly, which we believe is a living example of tolerance and diversity.


At Reliences, we believe that the quest for meaning in business goes hand in hand with performance. By placing responsiveness and connectivity at the heart of the projects we support, we aim to contribute to the development of all forms of emotional intelligence; even that which triggers movement and facilitates change. This is one of the motivations for our sponsorship; works of art are close to our heart.

We are therefore extremely pleased this year to be able to continue our commitment alongside the musée du quai Branly in the project to restore this incredible 16th century Brazilian cape.

Reliences supports the staff and executives of SMEs and large companies in assessing strategic decisions, managerial standards, the mobilisation of human resources and strategic deployment.

Terry link

Terry link is a business with a double professional and social vocation. It is dedicated to providing recruitment advice and support to executives.

Social commitment forms part of the company's statutes, and is a basic value for Terry link. Over the last ten years we have donated a percentage of our turnover to child-related humanitarian associations, demonstrating that commitment, tenacity, work well done, success and sharing are perfectly compatible and enriching for all involved.

Being involved in restoration projects such as this one, involving an exceptional 16th century Tupinamba cape and promoting the influence and accessibility of the musée du quai Branly as a place for children to learn more about the world around them thus corresponds perfectly to the direction we intend to give to our actions.


Since 2005, Viareport has united functional and technical expertise in the service of financial managers and accountants. As a publisher of SaaS solutions for financial reporting, Viareport supports its customers during the deployment, exploitation and optimisation of their statutory and management reporting.

By means of its participation in the project for the renovation of a rare Tupinamba cape by the musée du quai Branly, Viareport has selected an unusual opportunity to promote its core values: interconnectedness, expertise and reliability.

In the context of specialised development, tailored to the operational and financial expectations of its customers, Viareport participates in this ambitious and special project which highlights both advanced restoration techniques and special expertise.

This sponsorship reflects a profound desire to participate in social commitment. For Viareport, the project is an opportunity to be involved in a relationship of trust and proximity.

Wit Associés

Wit Associés is a human resources advice firm acting in complex environments. We support our customers, helping them to use HR tools in an effective manner: HR strategy, recruitment and executive coaching. We work discreetly for the best references in the market, but also for executives of SMEs who want to maximise their results.

Our approach is deliberately relaxed. Our employees and associates are enthusiastic at the idea of participating in this project for the restoration of an already magnificent 16th century cape with the musée du quai Branly.