One of the most common fabrics used for Gele by African women is Aso Oke, which is pronounced ah-SHOW-kay. Aso Oke originated in Nigeria, from the Yoruba people who live in the southern part of the country. This intricate fabric has a long history of use in traditional African clothing, and is still popular today worldwide.
Photo by Ade Adetayo
When choosing a fabric to use for your Gele, there are some things to keep in mind. Whether you are wearing your Gele for an everyday look, or preparing for a formal occasion, the fabric that you choose is important and makes a statement. Let’s look at the different things to take into account.
Photo by Ade Adetayo
While the Gele today is a modern accessory for women to wear when they wish to dress up an outfit or celebrate an occassion, the elaborate headscarves worn by African women for hundreds of years were a statement and a cultural symbol of their station in life. If you’re going to rock a Gele today, it’s important to have
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Whether you like to protect your hair against winter cold or summer heat, this simple wrap will not only help you out, it will make you look lovely and stylish at the same time. All you need is a bright scarf or cloth of about 70 by 20 inches.
The fabric used in this wrap is a little stiff but not too. It’s 65% viscose, 22% polyamide and 13% polyester, 70 inches long and the width is 20.
To make sure the scarf will smoothly wrap around your hair make sure your tresses are styled in a way too keep the them close to your scalp. Cornrows or flat twists are excellent for a this tight wrap style.
Make sure you cover your hair first with an underlying scarf that is preferably made from silk. Cotton has the tendency to absorb moisture and may dry out your hair. Once your hair is laid down under a protective scarf, the real wrapping can begin.
The whole essence of this wrap is the crossover. The trick to make sure that one end of the scarf is nicely overlapped and make it visible at the front.
So start with one end of the scarf slightly near the center of your forehead.
Then bring the rest of the material via the back of your head to the front again and watch when you overlap the other side.
Once you like the overlap continue to wrap to the back and again to the front, creating different layers, until you reach the end of the scarf. Make sure it is comfortably tight around the head.
If you have reached the end of the scarf and there is no more material to wrap search for a place underneath the last layer of the wrap where you can tuck in the end. Make sure it is secure. If you are not convinced use a pin. Then go in style!
On this earth I walk as a woman of African decent and ancient wise-ways. I dance on the currents of the ethereal realm wearing a bold sky-high fro till my heart’s content. Adorned in a hair-glow of honor,
I exemplify the nappy-haired ancient ones. Heads turn, children stare and I smile to myself as I recall the sistahs who wore the fros like flags for African pride, justice, equality and liberation.
Respect to Angela Davis.Later, Diana Ross, Pam Grier, Cicely Tyson, Jill Scott, Angie Stone, Erykah Badu and all of my contemporary, coily reflections would wear the crown. My afro is quite the beauty accessory I choose lately.Black is beautiful. Heads nod and heads bow, contemplating advancement for the black collective. Through our eyes, we acknowledge similar interest, shared values, culture, blessings and Hetep-peace. We embrace images of self and kind, ancient reflections, nine ether beings. Call out to our ancestors, we remember, we recall. I stand strong, the woman with the essence of wind, lavender, lemongrass and sage in her hair.
I harness the moon and enjoy the best of both worlds, floating into the coming seasons with my divine connection to the spirit world, linking me to the seen and unseen. At my choosing, I’m veiled in waist length locs scented with the tantalizing fragrances of ylang-ylang and sandalwood. I wear an Ankh necklace and ring. Many gifts of sterling silver and semi-precious gemstones are interwoven with artistic grace in my locs, to protect and re-charge my crown. I pay eternal homage to the ancient ones, lovingly representing ‘happy to be nappy’ with deep passion, open acceptance and self and pride.They told me I was made in Khamet from jasmine flowers, yellow, turquoise and the greens of spring and summer. I remember, I recall, my nappy coils, casting a spell of electromagnetic love way back then. My nappy hair, my locs, my afro, looking just like they come out of Africa…. Some say my kinky, natural hair is not sensual nor is it in style. I answer saying, I love my hair and that’s the truth. My hair is of the guardian NU, homage to you O sacred one. I love my beautiful hair, to tell you the truth!
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The Art and Sacred Act of Wearing My Head Wrapped
Written By: Yendys Nefer-Atum
I’ve never done a head wrap before, but always admired Erykah Badu’s headwraps. Since I took these pictures myself I couldn’t illustrate how it was done.
After looking at and trying several different methods and ways to tie a head wrap I decided to create my own design, which I call the “Knotty T”. My design is shaped by wrapping the hair and creating a series of knots that lead to a cascading waterfall of tassels in the front.
And on days when you can’t do your usual funky styles, or you don’t have a lot of time, OR maybe just having a “bad” hair day, guess what? With a beautifully colored scarf and a little creativity, you can still be fabulous and unique!
This wrap can be done with locs or an Afro, covered (like how I did it) or exposed at the end (back). Here are the steps:
Everybody has a bad hair day and sometimes you simply don’t have the time to work on your hair-do. These are the times you most likely think about wearing a wrap. However, you can also dress up your look with a very impressive and fashionable headwrap.
Almost every culture wraps their hair in cloth of some fashion. Headwraps have a long and varied history. You will find that almost every culture wraps their hair in cloth of some fashion. In any American city you can easily see black women walking about sporting various styles of headwraps . Where did this tradition begin?