About Head Wraps
The following is an excerpt from Zongile Nhlapo’s Huffington Post article, The Evolution Of The Headwrap In Africa: It’s More Than A Beauty Statement.
“Also known as iduku in isiZulu, dhuku in Shona, duku in Chichewa, and gele in Yoruba, the headwrap is an undeniable and glorious African statement. It originated in sub-Saharan Africa…
For centuries, headwraps have been a consistent feature in the daily living of African women…. one could tell from a headwrap if a woman was married, widowed, young or old. According to Yoruba tradition, for example, the way a gele is tied can indicate whether a woman is married or not. An end leaning to the left means she’s single and leaning to the right means she’s married.
In other cultures, headwraps signify respect. Southern African women have been known to culturally wear doeks as an outward sign that they are engaged, married or bereaved. In Zulu culture, a woman is expected to cover her head when she visits or is in the presence of her in-laws to show respect. Some Xhosa women are also expected to wear iqhiya in the presence of in-laws as a sign of respect. For a Sotho traditional wedding, in-laws give the makoti ituku, as a sign that she has been accepted into their family.
Spiritually as well, head coverings are perceived as a sign of respect, humility and sometimes modesty. For example, women from the Zion Christian Church wear headwraps even outside their place of worship. Some Christian women cover their heads when praying or receiving communion.”
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Ricafrica Head Wraps
Our head wraps are all 100% cotton and measure approximately 20″ x 70″. They are made by Gerald Karaku in Kenya. Some have wax while others do not.
Taking Care of Your Head Wrap
For care keep away from heat, gently hand wash in cold water, only when necessary. Hang to dry, iron on cool-mid temperature.