Hey Beautiful people! For today’s blog, I feel the need to go a little bit into headwrap history and share with you how they help us connect to our roots.
All throughout black history, men and women from different backgrounds made use of headwraps/turbans to adorn their heads. Whether it is for making a fashion statement or for cultural representation purposes, the piece of cloth, designed to be worn as a head piece, has been a timeless fashion trend in many parts of the African continent.
As early as the 1700s, women have been wearing the Sub-Saharan born piece as a way of communicating their social and marital status. Some queens adorned their heads with the traditional head piece made of beautiful and rich fabrics woven with exotic flowers, while others opted for finer and lighter materials. Whether worn by royals or the every day women, African prints headwraps have been imbedded in the lives of black women for many decades.
However, in the US, headwraps first emerged as slavery symbol. Not only were they imposed on slave women, they were used as an identification symbol but with an inferiority connotation. But as you may already know, black women always find a way to rise above any and every obstacle that comes against them, making lemonades out of lemons; sure enough, they discovered their own unique ways to express themselves and even communicate among each other through the way they tied the wraps without the slave masters suspecting a thing. And by so doing, they transformed the oppression “weapon” into a helmet of courage and empowerment.
Since, lockdown last year, I have rocked my headwraps more than ever before and unapologetically so! They are not only great fashion accessories, they are also functional and great pieces to add some colors to my lounging fits. If you are ready to reconnect to your roots, and/or add some colors to you work-from-home outfits, check out our Headwraps collection here
Be Bold. Be You. Be Chic.