For next week, look for audio links provided by Tunde Sonuga of Ise Aanu to explain face markings or face paintings, what region in Africa they originate. Expect to learn more about our rich continent.
There history of the African woman wearing a variety of ways that the head has been veiled, wrapped or draped with fabric. Know that the covering of a woman’s head has stood the test of time in World history. In this article Area Magazine has identified starting points and has included some of the issues around the wearing of veils, head wraps or scarves.
When a women decides to wear a covering on her head, there’s two train of thoughts. One embraces her religious practice, culture or tradition. The other perspective sees the wearing of a veil, wrap or scarf as a fashion statement.
The Story Of The Head Wrap
As early as the introduction to European colonialism, the practice of Black and African women wrapping their heads dates back to the introduction of European colonialism in areas across the world. Headwraps are considered symbols of status, marriage, and family lineage. During the Transatlantic Slave Trade, they were one of the few cultural pieces enslaved Africans were able to bring to the Americas. There’s three stories of history of wrapping the head in the US. There's two stories on how the wrapping of a woman’s head in the US has a completely different the continent of Africa and the US the head wrap has been worn for centuries. More information to follow in the Pay By Demand Issue.