7 Easy Wrap/Turban Styles

June 26, 2017

 

Hey #TEAMLOVELY! I wear a head wrap AT LEAST once a week because the style is beautiful, very convenient and it is a part of my culture. 

 

BACKGROUND 

The headwrap style originated in sub-Saharan  Africa and was worn for religious reasons, cultural reasons, fashion statements and a representation of marital status. When Africans were enslaved in America, the headwrap endured the tribulations of colonialism. Headwraps became a symbol of courage, strength, rebellion, and cultural identity. The style was then passed down through generations. 

 

A SENSE OF PRIDE

I feel very proud wearing headwraps because I feel connected to my ancestors. The enslavement of Africans restricted the ability of African-Americans to practice our original cultural traditions, however, some practices and beliefs survived.

 

NAMES FOR "headscarves" AROUND AFRICA

  • South Africa - Doek

  • Malawi/ Zimbabwe - Dhuku

  • Ghana - Duku

  • Nigeria - Gele

  • Sudan - Tarha

  • Sierra Leone - Enkeycha

  • East Africa (Swahili) - Kilemba

  • DR Congo (Lingala) - Kitambala

  • Rwanda/ Burundi - Igitambara

  • Uganda - Ekitambala (Luganda)/ Latam wich (Acholi)

  • Zambia - Chitambala

 

Here are some cute wrap/turban styles that I love. Keep a few things in mind:

  1. For these styles I never have my edges exposed... all my hair is tucked away.

  2. I wear a satin scarf underneath the turban style in order to protect my hair.

  3. Instead of using the donut bun maker (that I use in the video) you can just put your own hair in a bun!

 

 

 

 

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-36461213    http://char.txa.cornell.edu/griebel.htm

 

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