ORIGIN: The headwrap originated in Africa and is a traditional form of attire for African women. In West Africa and Southern Africa, the headwrap is called Duku in Ghana, Gele in Nigeria, or Doek in South Africa.
Women wear the African headwraps in different colors, patterns, and sizes and are sometimes matches the head tie fabric with their traditional outfit.
The style of the headwrap and turban worn by an African woman offers insight into her social, economic, or marital status. Women can wear the wraps at home daily or only on special occasions.
The African headwraps are made with fabric that is usually firmer than regular clothes, giving the head tie a hard texture.
In the Yoruba and Igbo traditions in Nigeria, women wear the African headwrap for various events like:
- Traditional wedding
- Church and religious ceremonies
- Cultural events