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A Brief History of Headwraps


Headwraps are a popular and versatile accessory for adults and children alike. But, where did the head wrap come from, and how has it risen to prominence in today’s fashion scene? Well, it turns out that head wraps have a history just as rich and textured as the people who pioneered them.


Origins in Africa

Historically, headwraps had a very practical purpose for afro-textured hair. It was used to keep the sun off of women’s heads and protect the hair and hairstyle underneath. However, headwraps gained such immense cultural significance because they told a story. Depending on the way a headwrap was worn and decorated, it could convey the status, wealth, life events, and mood of the wearer.


Across the Ocean

During the USA’s tragic early years, much of African culture, including the headwrap, was carried across the waters with its people removed from their home. Then, the headwrap was seen as an accessory for slaves, who would often wear them while working to protect their heads from the harsh southern sun and to cover blemishes. Even after the end of segregation, headwraps were seen as a symbol of poverty or low status in America.


Headwraps Today

Headwraps are back in vogue today both because of their fashionable use, and as a way to reconnect with the past. Many people have a strong appreciation for headwraps because of the rich heritage they represent. Now that the symbol has been reclaimed, people from all over have come to recognize the historical, practical and fashionable use of headwraps in society today.


Headwraps make for very cute, functional accessories for babies also. If you’re looking for a headwrap or other accessories for your little one, Lilly in the Alley has a wide selection of items that’s sure to have exactly what you’re looking for.

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