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In Nigeria women wear a head wrap called the Gele. Gele is the Yoruba word for the Head wrap, while in the Igbo culture it is called Ichafu. Here is a video to show its sub-cultural influence.

It is a large rectangular cloth tied on a woman’s head in a variety of fashions. The material used to make the Gele is usually of a stiff, but flexible nature. These materials come in a wide array of colors, patterns and textures such as Aso-oke (thickly woven silk), Brocade (cotton) and Damask. 

Gele tying is an Art form that takes practice, patience and often times a well-toned arm, but once tied, a Gele can make any woman look regal. Every Gele is unique and there is no true formula to achieve the exact look twice.

Temi adebayo and I then realized men didn’t have a complex hat of that nature. The head gear worn by Nigerian men are usually simple and made very easily. This inspired our five panel, a complex hat to make by hand since the components are extremely hard to source. Reinventing the head gear for Nigerian men. Side note, this is the first 5 panel made in Nigeria. Might not seem like a big deal since its been made everywhere else but this is progress for me in my country in hand made goods. Stay blessed.

Oh hey! Thanks to reader atane who found out more about Chimamanda’s chair that so many of you were discussing. Here’s their note:

Reblogging to say I found out about the chair Chimamanda is sitting on. It’s called “The Sunday Chair” and it was designed by Victor Ehikhamenor.

"On any given Sunday in my Uwessan village, colours exploded around us. Women wore the most gorgeous dresses while wild flowers of all sorts bloom happily under our sun. In colorful shirts and trousers we ran by art filled traditional shrines to figurine filled altars to receive holy communion. Never a bland moment. Those colours have never departed from me, every now and then I find a way to remember them. Meet the memory I call The Sunday Chair." - Victor Ehikhamenor

Quote and info from All Things Ankara