History of the Nigerian head wrap (Gele)

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I Personally LOVE the Nigerian Gele and have some of my own. I Love small head wraps and also big ones.

Head wraps have been part of Africa’s History and different Cultures for yearsssssssss. Starting as early as 1700.  They come in many shapes and sizes.  You cant just go and buy a Gele already made up lol. you have to tie it or get someone to tie it if you cant. Nigerian Gele head wrap is made of colorful cloths. You can get any color of design you want. As long as it is the correct material for Gele.  I Beleieve the Gele is a wonderful way of connecting with culture and history. If i am not mistaken, The Nigerian Gele origonated with Yorubas.

The colors of Head wraps have different meanings and also for a man to wear a head wrap is different from a woman. Both have different meanings.  It is believed that some cultures used head wraps/Gele before the days of slavery so that men could show off their wealth and the level of their social status and so that women could prove that they were prosperous and spiritual. << Or so i read! The great thing about Head wraps is, you can adjust it any way you like. Big, small, short, tall! lol

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The Gele should cover the hair completely and ties at the back of the neck. A lot of modern day girls wear there Gele with some of their hair showing, i personally like to wear it with all my hair hidden. It feels and looks more traditional. I also once read tha head wraps is a way of bringing out the beauty in our face and to avoid people looking ONLY at our bodies first!! lol

Weather you wear a Gele/head wrap or not, you should appreciate the beauty and culture that comes with them. To be serious, i think women look 1000 times more beautiful with a Gele than hair extension! lol << please take note girls :p

Thanks for reading. :)

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4 thoughts on “History of the Nigerian head wrap (Gele)

  1. Good for you, Abeni. You should check out the aso oke series on my blog because you will see many gele styles but made from aso oke. Search aso oke on the home page search box and it will give you many: etu, alaari, alaari Ondo variant, aso oke for every age …, etcetera. I’ve had thousands of views on these.

    Best wishes. Will check in again.
    TOLA.

  2. I very much like the articles on your website. It provides ideas and explanations that are worth sharing with my American friends. Great job!!

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