"Crowns" is a series studying the relationship most African women have with their headwraps. Headwraps, while only being pieces of patterned fabrics tied around the head, acquired different and important meanings throughout the history of African cultures and African women . They are in many African cultures a symbol of strength, beauty but also a celebration of one's particular cultural heritage. Different types of headwraps are worn for different occasions but are also sometimes served as a marker of social status among African women (and some African men, too) depending on the country they come from. While the purpose and occasion of wearing a headwrap might be different everytime, this item always seems to hold a shared meaning of strength and cultural celebration across the African continent and the diaspora.
Model: Camille Ademba
Photography/Editing: Yannis Davy Guibinga