African head wraps are a symbol of African heritage and beauty. It has been around as long as one can remember, as far back as 1700, even further back than slavery.
African head wraps originated in Sub-Saharan Africa and was worn as a symbol of modesty, spirituality and prosperity . It was worn by both men and women alike.
Head wraps are known by various names in various African countries, it is known as dhuku in Zimbabwe, tukwi in Botswana, duku in Ghana and Malawi, Chitambala in Zambia and gele in Nigeria.
Today head wraps are mostly worn by both African and African – American women as a fashion statement, for spiritual purposes, protection from the rays of the sun or to cover up a bad hair day. It is regarded as a bold display of cultural heritage.
African head wraps come in different styles (ranging from simple to elaborate like the ceremonial gele worn during weddings, thanks giving and other ceremonies), different fabric patterns and colours. African head wraps can be worn to different places like weddings, school, parties, social events and even the work place.
African head wraps can be tied using Ankara, batakari, kente, kampala and any other colourful fabric associated with Africans.
Head wraps though earlier relegated to serious occasions have picked quite a momentum in recent times with young women of African descent consciously flaunting it to every where. Head wraps have come to stay!!!
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