The head tie or head wrap originated in Sub Sahara Africa and was used to convey spirituality and prosperity. The head tie is a way that the African use nonverbally communicated their place in life, to tell if she is a widow, grandmother or a young married woman. Tying a piece of cloth around the head is not specific to any cultural group, what is culturally specific is the way the fabric is tied and the type of fabric used.
The European or white American women fords a square piece of fabrics into a triangular shape and cover her hair by tying the fabric under the chic or at the nape of the neck.
While the woman from African ancestry folds the fabrics into a rectilinear shape, rather than tying the knot under the chic she ties the knot somewhere on the crown of her head. She leaves her fore head open this enhance the facial features.
During the slavery the white Lords imposed the wear of head wraps as a badge of enslavement.
In Nigeria head tie are known as GELE and can be rather large and elaborate it can be worn every day but the elaborate one’s like the one I am wearing are used for special events.
It is made of material which is firmer than the regular cloth. It is tied to cover the whole hair, the only part exposed is the face and the earrings.
The GELE is worn with traditional attire.
Today the head tie is worn by the African woman as a Queen might wear her crown.
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