Fybencia designed this heirloom necklace as a tribute to black culture and the resilience we have! What can we say..we love gold and we love head wraps. So we merged the two!
18k solid gold
40mm diameter pendant, 2mm thick
18k rope chain, 18” long, 1.2mm thick
Sturdy, dynamic bale
“Head wraps have been a timeless fashion trend in the lives of African women for centuries. African head wraps are classy, come in a variety of colors, and oh so practical.
The popularity of these beautiful wraps have grown beyond the African and global black community.
Having said that, you should know that the African head wraps come with different names. The Yorubas call their well layered and artfully tied wraps Angeles. Namibian and South African women call theirs doek and the Ghanaians call theirs dukus.
While we cannot dispute the importance of head wraps in today’s world, these wraps did not just pop out from the blue. There is a story about their existence which reveals how they evolved and in this article, we would be looking at a brief history of African head wraps.
How It All Began
In Africa, head wraps have a practical and fashionable purpose. Wraps can be use to protect one’s head from the harsh sun and can be used as hair protective styling. But head wraps can also represent ethnicity, wealth, mourning, and marital status depending on the type of head wrap is worn and how it is worn. Varies tribes have different head wraps they are known for, from coast to coast.
Different colors and patterns on African head wraps tell different stories about the occasion and the woman wearing them. They also have spiritual significance.
African head wraps have persisted over thousands of years, even during colonization when European powers attempted to change the culture of Africa and African beauty standard.
Head wraps in the US, however, emerged as a symbol of slavery.......”
What’s Happening Today?
Head wraps have evolved to be significant and they possess immense cultural values in today’s world. In Yoruba tradition, for example, the gele can tell if a woman is single or married. If the end goes to the right she’s married and if it tilts to the left, she’s single.
South Africans on their part tie doek as a way of communicating to others that they are either married, engaged or bereaved. Xhosa women and women of Zulu culture cover their heads as a sign of respect to their in-laws or when they are visiting.
Furthermore, head wraps are worn during festivities, celebrations and in churches. Traditional celebrations are an opportunity to witness the artistic beauty of African head wraps in full display.....
African head wraps have come a long way, both in time and distance. They have traveled across the globe with the African diaspora and have survived and thrived. From the look of things, these wraps are likely here to stay, for thousands of years to come.”