Friday, August 16, 2013

Gele/ Ichafu: The Nigerian Fashion Statement.


The Gele is a huge Nigerian fashion statement that originated from the western part of the country (the Yoruba tribe). The igbos call it Ichafu. The Gele/Ichafu is a kind of head wrap used during special occassions like weddings, parties, church, and other cultural gatherings. A typical Yoruba bride is seen in a buba (dress shirt), iro (wrap skirt) and a Gele. These beautiful head wraps come in different material like
Aso-eke (Jean like material), Brocade (cotton like material) , Damask (heavy paper like material) and so on. The size, quality and workmanship put into tying a woman's gele is a symbol of socio-economic status among Nigerians. Typically the bigger the gele/ichafu, the bigger the pocket. A traditional Yoruba woman's outfit is not complete without this head wrap. There is no doubt that a woman wearing a beautiful well tied gele is very appealing to the eyes and stands out from the crowd.

Aso-eke (Jean like material)- and My personal favorite

Damask (Paper like Material)                                   

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