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African Headscarves

Looking for a headscarf? At AfricanFabs, you buy handmade high-quality African headscarves. These wraps are made of high-quality cotton w... Read more »
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Looking for a headscarf? At AfricanFabs, you buy handmade high-quality African headscarves. These wraps are made of high-quality cotton with wax print on both sides. Take a quick look at the entire collection!

Headscarves are a timeless fashion trend all over the world. The headscarf has its origins in various cultures in different parts of the world. From Africa to the Middle East to Asia, they come in different colours, shapes, patterns and sizes. They are worn in different styles for different reasons.

The African Headscarf

A piece of fabric tied around the head in an intricate or simple style that can be worn on special occasions or a casual day at home. Although it may seem like just another piece of clothing, African headscarves are much more than that; they are incredibly versatile and tell different stories.

The fancy names of the African headscarf

The African headscarf, popularly known as head-tie in most African countries, originates from all over sub-Saharan Africa and Egypt and has been given different names by the different tribes within Africa.
The Igbos/Ibos from Nigeria call it "Akwa-isi" or "Ichafu", Yorubas call it "Yellow"; a tribe in South Africa calls it "Cloth". In Ghana and Malawi, it is called "Duku" and in Zimbabwe "Dhuku", while the Egyptian royal (pharaoh's) headscarf is called "Nemes".

The modern African headscarf

The African Headscarf has grown beyond the African and global black community and found its way onto editorial magazines and catwalks as a unique expression of black identity and culture and an appreciation of black culture by other non-black cultures. African headscarves are worn today for practically every occasion and by so many different people, regardless of their origins. We call it cultural appreciation, and we're here for it!


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