In the era of egalitarian struggles and women empowerment, the headscarf has become an object of personal branding within black communities in Africa and around the world. But beyond the dimension of social representation, the headscarf is in our opinion an element of democratization of access to the closed world of “la haute couture”.
Chorus Arts opens the debate and offers training around an evocative theme “Historicity and reappropriation of the headscarf: between culture, art, and fashion“.
This is the essence of the movement “I am crowned and you?” that we launched on social networks in March 2018.
The headscarf, like architecture in Africa, is a neglected element, yet it offers a lot of possibilities. Only if we decide to develop a local way of seeing things that will allow us to flourish our local economy.
Historically, if we look at the women who have worn it from Nefertiti to the present day in Ama Tutu Muna or Kah Walla Edith, we can see that they are strong women who fight for their convictions.
The headscarf itself is an accessible piece of fabric that can be obtained from any type of fabric and as long as you have the artistic or research fiber, you can realize that you can obtain several types of head styles.
Culturally, the headscarf enshrines plurality because the same type of tie as long as it is performed by different hands produces a different result. This, even if the technique of tying is followed to the letter.
Economically, it is accessible to all budgets and can be obtained from a scarf, an item of clothing that you no longer wear, or a simple scrap of fabric.
Medically it offers much more than synthetic grafts and others that attack and torture the scalp.
Deeply focused on a logic of sustainable development, Chorus architecture wants to remove the frustration generated around women by the standardization of well-being and particularly beauty.
We invite you to follow us on this fabulous adventure to rediscover the beauty and subtleties of a secular practice among African women; “I am crowned and you?”