The African headwrap has become a symbol of exoticity and a cultural fashion statement for decades here in the U.S. Beautiful and versatile, each headwrap gives someone a chance to express their heritage and their love of African fashion. However, there is much more to the headwrap than the beautiful colors and fascinating style; there is a rich cultural history.
The Origin of the Headwrap:
The headwrap originated in sub-Saharan Africa, and was often used to convey modesty, spirituality and prosperity. Even men in Africa wear head wraps to symbolize wealth and social status. Head wrapping is literally a way that African’s 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. It’s an element in the daily living of an African woman. Headwraps also serve a practical function in protecting the head from the rays of the sun. In West Africa, head wraps are referred to as ‘gele’ in Yoruba or ‘ichafu’ in Ibo.
Head wraps are a fun, fashionable way to add instant exoticism to your wardrobe. Head wraps are very popular right now, and so inexpensive! You can find a huge assortment of garments with head wraps right here at Africa Imports. Just go to the women's clothing section located on the menu to the left on our homepage, and take a look!
Putting on a head wrap is easy, and although it may take a couple of tries, you'll have it down in no time!
Stretch the head wrap around the back of your head, making sure that both sides are of equal length.
Wrap the left side of the head wrap around the back of your head and over the right side.
Pull one side of the head wrap around, and across the front of your head.
Wrap the right side of the head wrap around the back of your head, and to the left side.
Pull the other side around and across the top of your head.
Fold the two pieces of the head wrap in front of your head. Secure with bobby p
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