The African woman head-wrap holds a distinctive position in the history of African dressing both for its longevity and for its potent significations.It endured the travail of colonialism and never passed out of fashion.
Gele’s are a very important part of many social functions in Africa, especially Nigeria. It is an integral part of the aso-ebi wearing as it sits on various shapes of head in different styles. You ain’t complete till you imprison your ears under a tightly secured gele.
What is fascinating about the gele as a personal fashion statement is that, since the shape is mutable and changeable with every wearing, it is the skill of the wrapper and the beauty and texture of the fabric that creates the look. It is as if you design your own hat every time you wear it. It is a beautiful feminine piece of head wear that is as much a cultural icon as personal fashion statement.
This style piece has arguably become the make or break it statement piece to complement your outfit. The modern African women are highly fashionable but no matter if they choose to wear, gele still remains a very versatile accessory that matches well almost any outfit.
In celebration of the modern women and gele, here is a must-see gele lookbook for you…
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