Why Do Women Wear Headwraps?!

In the past year or so, headwraps have grown in popularity here in the United States and are used as an accessory to compliment one’s outfit! I love headwraps and think it adds a nice touch to any outfit! 


To other cultures who aren’t used to seeing headwraps/headscarves/turbans, 

they may judge and see it as tacky, weird, unprofessional, may be referred to as the “Aunt Jemima” look, or may say headwraps should only be worn at home. 

Here is the cultural significance of the headwrap:

The headwrap originated in sub-Saharan Africa and were traditionally worn to display modesty, spirituality, and prosperity. Both men and women wear headwraps to symbolize their wealth, social staus, and place in life. They were also used for protection from the hot sun in Africa. 


During slavery, white overlords imposed headwraps as a symbol of enslavement. The stereotype evolved into the “Black Mammy” servant for these women (Aunt Jemima for example). But the enslaved took pride in the headwrap and for them, it symbolized a helmet of courage to proudly display their African roots of where they come from. The headwrap functioned as a “uniform of rebellion”. 

Although we wear headwraps as a fashion statement or accessory, it is a great way for people to display their African heritage. 


Click the link below to read more about The History Of The Headwrap!

The Cultural Significance Of The Headwrap

Daily Prompt – Traditional

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8 thoughts on “Why Do Women Wear Headwraps?!

  1. I enjoyed the info you’ve shared on this post. I love head wraps and I wear them always. It does add a touch of elegance to my dressing and it also comes handy as a cover up when my hair is not in top form. πŸ™‚ As a matter of fact, it’s widely used in my culture as a religious symbol. πŸ™‚

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