History of the Headwrap
Today, Black women’s head wraps vary in form and style. We have silk bonnets at night and African fabrics in the day. Privately, they have been a tool for protection: keeping our hair undamaged, lowering maintenance costs associated with looking professional, and allowing us to genuinely rest our weary heads. Publicly, they have become an aesthetic symbol of Black identity and a rebellious spirit. The reclaiming of the headwrap as something that Black women consciously choose and voluntarily adopt, however, is a recent phenomenon.
In many African and African descendant cultures, headwraps have been around for countless generations, but they were not simply a mark of Black women’s fashion. The head scarf has been the core of black female identity, cultural recognition, and social status, all originating from our rich ancestry on the continent of Africa. Read more
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