Facts about the headwrap in Africa The headwrap goes by different names in different languages in parts of Africa. It's known as "gele" in Yoruba, "iduku" in Zulu, "duku" in Chichewa and "dhuku" in Shona. Headwraps signify different things depending on the group. In Zulu culture, a woman is expected to show respect by covering her head while visiting or being in front of her in-laws. Its significance also extends to Christianity, as some women cover their heads as they pray or receive communion.

Black History Month: Shop Nigerian-made clothing, learn to tie the perfect headwrap

Sometimes, it’s easier to simply wrap your hair and jet out the door. But YouTube tutorials don’t always work for beginners.

Fix that by visiting the Black History Month African Print Pop Up Shop on Feb. 2. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., womenswear brand Besida will host a temporary shop where you can learn how to do it. Plus, a variety of Africa-inspired clothing will be available for purchase.

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“Wondering how to tie those beautiful headwraps? We’ll show you some easy and stylish techniques during your personal head-wrapping tutorial,” the description reads.

Besida owner and creative director Sophia O. will sell Nigerian-made maxi skirts, dresses, trousers and blazers and give guests guidance on styling.

Entrance into the event is free. Headwrap tutorials and consultations are also free with the purchase of a $25 headwrap from Besida.

Guests are urged to arrive early at cosmetics store BIO BIO The Beauty Place in order to obtain clothing in their sizes, which range from extra small to 3XL.

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Besida was founded in July of 2015 and makes “ethically created fashion,” according to the brand’s website.

“Behind our unique designs is a commitment to create an impact in the place where inspiration for our garments began,” the heritage blog reads. “Since its inception, Besida has employed local tailors in Benin City, Nigeria to bring our designs to life. Why does this matter so much to us? In the age of appropriation without acknowledgement or appreciation, being a part of the building up of the community that founder Sophia O. grew up in feels full circle and ethical.”


Black History Month African Print Pop Up Shop
11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, February  2
BIO BIO The Beauty Place:  75 John Wesley Dobbs Avenue, Atlanta

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