Beauty - Hair Care - Fashion : Female slaves were forced to wear headwraps because white women were jealous

Clyde C Coger Jr

going above and beyond
Nov 17, 2006
In the Spirit of Sankofa,

Female slaves were forced to wear headwraps because white women were jealous
Born into slavery, then reclaimed by black women, the headwrap is now a celebrated expression of style and identity

Khanya Khondlo Mtshali
Writer and journalist

... In her article “The African American Woman’s Headwrap: Unwinding the Symbols,” historian Helen Bradley Gabriel explains that both the symbolism and functions of the headwrap “acquired a paradox of meaning” that could have been created only in “the crucible of American slavery and its aftermath.”

Pop singer Erykah Badu performing in a head wrap in 2001. (Peter Van Breukelen/Redferns via Getty Images)


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