Meet Bukola, who is demonstrating how to tie a traditional African head scarf. CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO
Headwraps were originally worn by women during the early 1700s and often showed their age, marital status and prosperity. Many queens from various areas wore traditional headwear, with extravagant and rich fabrics woven with exotic flowers.
African headwraps have been a consistent feature in the daily lives of many black women for hundreds of years.
As well as being beautiful accessories, headwraps have always been used for practical reasons by many women in Africa and beyond. Traditionally, African women would wear headwraps to protect their hair and heads from the strong sun to keep cool in the hot weather. Headwraps also represented a woman’s spirituality, wealth and social status within a community; it could indicate if a woman was a married young woman, a widow or a grandmother simply from its style, colour and design.
Laois Africa Day 2021 is brought to you by Laois County Council in partnership with Laois African Support Group, Respond and supported by Irish Aid at the Department of Foreign Affairs.