Head wraps: Past, present, and future

Head wraps: Past, present, and future

As my father once said “Black people are truly original, there is no one like us”. That’s how I feel when I think of how Black women all over the globe wear their head wraps. From the Muslim women in Somalia to the women in the Caribbean, or the urban chic in Brooklyn, New York, we know how to turn a scarf into a fashion statement.

For this photo shoot, I thought about all of these women and tried to capture their spirit and their style into my photos. A head wrap can make you look mysterious, elegant, or sassy.

Usually, when I wear my head wrap, I wear it fully covering my head with a bun or a knot on the side. I like to combine the wrap with a sleek coat and a pair of nice jeans to give it a casual but sophisticated look.

Headwraps are not just a quick fix for a bad hair day. Colorful scarfs intricately wrapped around.

As my father once said “Black people are truly original, there is no one like us”. That’s how I feel when I think of how Black women all over the globe wear their head wraps.

Headwraps are not just a quick fix for a bad hair day. Colorful scarfs intricately wrapped around.

From the Muslim women in Somalia to the women in the Caribbean, or the urban chic in Brooklyn, New York, we know how to turn a scarf into a fashion statement.

Headwraps are not just a quick fix for a bad hair day. Colorful scarfs intricately wrapped around.

A head wrap can make you look mysterious, elegant, or sassy.

Headwraps are not just a quick fix for a bad hair day. Colorful scarfs intricately wrapped around.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “He was selfless in bringing the world together by setting aside the past hurts that White people afflicted upon him to bring us all together.”

Headwraps are not just a quick fix for a bad hair day. Colorful scarfs intricately wrapped around.

Evidently, there are many facets to our culture, from clothes to political leaders; we have a unique presence in so many things.  From one perspective, head wraps may seem to represent poverty and disparity, but for me, it represents our lasting strength and beauty.

 

For me, wearing beautifully printed garments on my head shows an effort to stay connected to my roots. For example, the pioneer and leader, Harriet Tubman, always rocked an ivory head wrap as she lead her people to freedom. With this said, it is more than a fashion statement; it is symbolic of the strength of our past, present, and future.

At the deadline of this challenge, it will be Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday. When it comes to our past, what comes to my mind is the diligence and hard work that he performed to improve civil and human rights. Not only did he fight for Black people, but for all of humanity. He was selfless in bringing the world together by setting aside the past hurts that White people afflicted upon him to bring us all together.

Evidently, there are many facets to our culture, from clothes to political leaders; we have a unique presence in so many things. Today, I wear my head wrap proudly in remembrance of the numerous Black women that represented us both spiritually and culturally. From one perspective, head wraps may seem to represent poverty and disparity, but for me, it represents our lasting strength and beauty. 

 

 

 

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