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Gele (Head Wrap)

Gele is a Yoruba word for a female head wrap. Head wraps have a lengthy history among women of African descent. Head wraps of various types are widely used both throughout the continent and in the African diaspora, including North America. Head wrappings may include simple cloths or kerchiefs used to protect the hair from the elements, as well as more elaborate versions seen at formal or ceremonial occasions such as weddings and festivals.

The Art of African Head Wrapping: How to Wrap a Gele

A gele is a traditional African head wrap, which became popular among culturally conscious African American women during the Black Power era of the late 1960s and early 1970s. The gele can be worn to embellish any outfit ...

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