The Gele (African head wrap) dates back to centuries ago. Back then, it was a symbol of wealth, any woman wearing it would usually hail from a prestigious family. The headwrap ‘gele’ turns a ‘plain Jane’ to an African princess instantly. In this post we’ll show you the different types of gele and 25 ways you can adorn them in pictures.
The African headdress is a fashion statement, you make a statement each time you step out wearing it. It’s part of our culture; we have a very rich heritage as Africans,which we should be proud of. We need to showcase these African wraps to the outside world.
The ‘gele‘ is perfect for styling ‘Iro and buba‘ (‘Top and Wrapper‘) as it makes a major statement when tied perfect.
Tying the gele can be done with ‘Aso-Oke‘ ‘Sego Gele‘, Damask, Netted Aso-Oke and many more fabrics, they are chosen in standout colours that compliment the whole look.
Gele is tied in different ways as some people love it; small, medium or extremely large/standout. The most flattering ones include the ones will carefully layered/arranged overlaps in front or at the side as the go with most face shapes.
Let’s check out the types of gele styles in Nigeria and how they are adorned in 5 splits
Types of Gele
Gele comes in many different forms. The very casual ones are usually the ones made out of the same fabric as the outfit being worn. It can also be a regular polyester scarf or shawl that can sometimes be worn as an head-tie.