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Winter Head Scarves – Layer it Up!

headscarf-cotton-square-pileSome women just love their headscarves that they want to wear them all year round!

It may be that patterned head scarf that goes so well with your eyes, or that sentimental gift you received. Whatever the case, just because the weather’s turned cooler doesn’t mean you cant wear it anymore. You just need to know how to winterize your current headcovers.

One option is to bundle up under the headcover. 100% cotton undercovers make great scarf liners that will keep the heat in and yet still allow the scalp to breath. They are available in lots of classic colors so you can find one that suits your needs.

Another option is to layer different headscarves. You can layer with a solid colored complimentary or contrasting scarf, or if you feel really daring, you can go wild with different prints. Simply put the 2 scarves on your head together as you would regularly tie one. Leave a 1-2 inch space in the front so the bottom layer peeks through. If you leave the tails hanging, this has a really nice fuller effect. or you can twist the ties into each other and then twist them around the back or top as you prefer.

And as the weather gets even colder, you always have the option of adding a 3rd scarf to the mix.

So have fun and get creative as you layer your head coverings this winter.

Focus on Headwraps: The Tignon

Tignon Head Wrap

Tignon Head Wrap

In our last blogpost about head wraps, we related the story behind the African American Headwrap. We related how African American women took what was supposed to be a badge of dishonor, and turned it into a “badge of courage”. Well, if in the last blogpost we told you the end of the story, now we are going to go back in time and lay the groundwork for the Origins of the African American Headwrap.

In the 1700’s there were not many European women in New Orleans. As a result, many European men began to “marry” colored slave women. The prevalent custom was to free the children that resulted from these relationships. In addition to that, the custom was to free enslaved workers who excelled at their work. Gradually, this resulted in a growing population of free colored people. By the time of the Louisiana purchase in 1803 it is estimated that around 20% of the population of New Orleans were free Blacks. Well, the increasing assertiveness of the population of free blacks worried the then Spanish Governor of New Orleans, so in 1785 Governor Esteban Rodriguez Miro decreed that all colored women must wear “knotted headdresses”, the “Tignon”. However, as we related in our last post, colored woman defied the intention of the law and found ways to decorate their headscarves and turn them around into a fashion statement. In fact, many slave women wore scarves of such distinctive colors that a woman writing in 1863 to describe the colors of the scarves of the black woman on her plantation wrote that they “put one eyes out from a mile off”. And yes, the head scarf has endured and become a vibrant part of womens dress in the USA.

By: B. Levi