Black History Month A Celebration of Beauty Culture: Head Wraps

They had many names before we called them head wraps.

From ‘idukus’ in isiZulu, ‘duku’ in Chichewa, to ‘gele’ in Yoruba. Head wraps have an important meaning in the Subsaharan African cultures. It’s also common in Indian cultures and is named as Turban. We see many head wraps in modern religions, high fashion and in casual wear amongst the Black community. But what does this cloth around the head mean and how did we as a collective get so disconnected from its history? In this series, we will journey through the many parts and facets of Black hair and its significance. Read more

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