The head wrap – the perfect fashion accessory

il_fullxfull.1086816310_jzzuIn the colder climates, at this time of the year, winter hats become a fashion statement and practical protective gear. Beanies, trapper hats, knit hats, fedora hats… you name it. On the other side of the hemisphere, in Africa, head-wraps are a year round staple. When it comes to winter hats, the reasons why they are worn are obvious. What about African head wraps?

Head wrapping is a way that Africans, for centuries have been able to non-verbally communicate their place in life. The headwrap of a woman walking down the street will tell you if she’s a widow, a grandmother, or if she’s a married young woman. Headwraps also serve a practical function in protecting the head from the rays of the sun. During slavery in America, the head rag worn by enslaved women and their descendants served as a uniform of communal identity, a “uniform of rebellion” – resistance to loss of self-definition.’

The perfect fashion accessory is one that can make a profound statement whilst enhancing beauty. The head wrap is the perfect fashion accessory.

Watch how to tie the Nigerian (Yoruba) headwrap – gele