I can still remember that I saw my grandmother and mother wearing a headwrap, but in a very different way than how it’s wearing nowadays. When my mother or grandmother went to the church, they would always wear a headwrap on the head to hide their hair. So I grow up with an image that woman only wear the headwrap to hide their hair or when they went to church. Although not all women who went to church wore a
headwrap. But, that image didn’t stay for a long time in my head, In my adolescence years, I started noticing that several women also were wearing a headwrap to make statements about who they are, especially black women. Now there has been a surge with the
The headwrap isn’t just a fashion trend or a fabric covering the head, it’s magic woven with history. For women, it’s their identity in society a beautiful adornment that makes them feel unique. Headwraps are draped in every region of Africa as they protect the wearer from extreme heat, sandstorms, and cold. The headwrap symbolizes different cultures and traditions with patterns and fabric playing a defining role. Most women create handwoven headwraps or spin their own ones, while women from the affluent class buy expensive and imported pieces of fabric. Material status and success are two distinguishing factors that are displayed by a headwrap. They very subtly convey an underlying message of the position the wearer holds in society. Here are some facts and styles of this rich fabric tradition.
The African headwraps originated from sub-Saharan Africa, worn as headcovers by Africans, mainly women. Across Africa, the headwraps
Nzinga Mbande from Angola wore it of a finer modern crown, and during special occasions, as head adornment. The Egyptian royalty wore it as an elaborate headdress.
In the African culture, it varies from region to region and signifies communal and personal identity. It serves a very important purpose during religious ceremonies and customs. In modern times, the headwrap is fast evolving as a fashion hair accessory and also as a symbol of uniqueness for the immigrant African community. Although headwrap has a long and deep history, the wearing of headwrap still has a major influence on the stigma and distinction between modern fashion and especially in black society. Today I wear my headwrap in a very modern way and yet I do not deviate from my statement. It has a twist with a young look. To make the headwrap completely ready, I styled it whit a male sweater and a long shirt and a short skirt for shoes I choose ankle boots so that the colors don’t differ much from each other and that makes this look ideal for an afternoon date. This look can be worn during lunch or a shopping day with friends.
I hope you like it. Have a beautiful day and may God bless you above all your expectations <3
– COM MUITO AMOR, MET VEEL LIEFDE, WITH MUCH LOVE- – HERCHAPTER – By Custodia Chineva-