The headwrap has undergone several iterations throughout black history. As a descendant of the cloths that adorned the heads of women in ancient Egypt and sub-Saharan Africa, it’s come to represent the cultural and historical lineage that the African diaspora have maintained.
At one stage in African American history black woman, as they were forced by their salve owners to cover their hair. This was used as a sign of poverty and subordination.
However this was not the same in black populations throughout the world who were not tarnished by the transatlantic slave trade, and it is not the story of the headwrap today. It has become a powerful shorthand for the kind of beauty that has been pitted as the antithesis of white femininity.
Headwraps in todays society are seen as a cultural alternative to mainstream beauty, even within the black community and has morphed into an expression of black resistance to western beauty standards.
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