Gele (African Headtie)


 

“Gele” pronounced gaye lay, is an African head wrap/head-tie that has its roots in the Yoruba tribe in Nigeria, West Africa.

Types of Gele From Left to Right : Patterned Aso Oke Crowntex (Super Net) Gele,  Crowntex (Super Net) Gele (plain), Paper-Like Head-tie Gele, Brocade Gele, Silk Aso-Oke Gele with Fringes

Types of Gele From Left to Right : Patterned Aso Oke Crowntex (Super Net) Gele, Crowntex (Super Net) Gele (plain), Paper-Like Head-tie Gele, African Print Gele, Brocade Gele, Silk Aso-Oke Gele with Fringes

 

A Gele is a flat piece of fabric (typically Aso Oke (Jean-like fabric), Brocade (Starched Cotton fabric), African Print, Paper-like fabric with plain or bold patterns (Sego, Jubilee, and more are some brand names of the paper-like fabric), Damask (heavily patterned Paper-like, Velvet-like fabric) and so on) wrapped by hand to form a hat.

Geles are worn by African Women to complement their African Attire. A Gele is usually the highlight of an appearance. A nicely tied Gele can compensate for a not so great looking outfit. A Gele is categorized as a clothing accessory amongst African Women.

According to the Yoruba tradition, the way a Gele is tied can indicate a woman’s marital status. A Gele’s end leaning to the right indicates a Woman is married and a Gele’s end leaning to the left indicates a Woman is Single. However, in society today, especially in the Urban areas, there is no defined indication of a Woman’s marital status by the way she ties her Gele. African Women can be very particular on how they want their Gele tied. Some like them tied in levels to stand really high while some like them tied in a more conservative way.

Geles are indeed very beautiful and fascinating when tied. Geles have gotten the attention of millions of people in different countries around the world from Africa to Europe, from Europe to North America, South America and all over the world. Many non-Africans wear Geles as a sign of reverence when attending African events, some as a part of their everyday wear and some that have gotten a soft spot for the Yoruba Culture. A Gele’s length can range from 8″ wide and 54″ Long (African Print) to 34″ wide and 72″ Long (Gele Paper-like Head-tie) to 20″ wide and 80″ long (Aso-Oke) and more.

Patterned Aso Oke

It is very common for people to refer to the Paper-like head-tie as Gele. Click here to get a Gele today. Click here to get Aso Oke.

Learn how to Tie a Gele below:

Learn how to Tie an Aso Oke below:

Brocade head wraps and African Print head wraps have almost the same texture. The following videos can be used to tie either an African Print head wrap or a Brocade head wrap. Here are three different ways you can tie your African Print/Brocade head wrap:

 

 

 

 

 

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11 Responses to “Gele (African Headtie)”

  1. African Queen Says:

    I love this post it is so insightful. I love the different tutorials on how to tie a Gele and the history behind Geles. Next time I wear my Gele I would definitely tilt it to the left so I don’t send the wrong message lol. Absolutely love your clothes Dupsies. I have never gone out in a Dupsie’s attire without compliments so I should be placing an order soon. Can’t wait for the store to open in Brooklyn!!

  2. Geles internetu Says:

    Nice photos. Love it 🙂

  3. admin Says:

    Thank you.

  4. Connie Questell Says:

    Are you available to come to the Bronx to do a presentation on African head wraps in April for The National Council of negro Women, East Bronx section, Harambee Brunch .Please call me at ……. Connie Questell

  5. admin Says:

    Hello Connie Questell:

    Thank you for your inquiry.

    Please can you send us some more information via email at info at dupsies.com including the Day and time?

    We would respond accordingly.

    Thank you once again for your inquiry.

    The Dupsie’s Team

  6. Fara Says:

    Hello,…I love Gele how could i buy one,..or get ,..i would like to buy

  7. admin Says:

    Hello Fara. Thank you for the kind words. You can purchase Geles on our website. Here are some Geles we have available http://dupsies.com/Dstore/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=Gele&x=71&y=6&categories_id=81&inc_subcat=1&pfrom=&pto= Thank you once again for the inquiry.

  8. Farasha Roberts Says:

    Hello: I love the information on how to tie Gele head wrap. I spent a 1or 2 looking at some of your step by step, done by an beautiful sister that spoke on how to tie the head wraps and spoke on things you could use to complete the look I believe her name was Joy. So I went away from the site to view other information and went back to your page to view some more informtion and could not pull up her page. What did I do wrong? Can you please send me some help to get back to her site . I would love to order some head prices from your. Thank you

  9. admin Says:

    Hello Farasha:

    We are sorry we missed your message.

    Here is the link to our youtube videos:

    https://www.youtube.com/user/DupsiesAfricanAttire/videos

    Here is the link to our head wraps:

    http://dupsies.com/Dstore/african-headwrapsaso-geles-c-81.html

    Thank you once again for your feedback. Again, we apologize for missing your message.

    With Kind Regards,

    The Dupsie’s Team.

  10. Natasha Says:

    Can this fabric be used in clothing? If yes how can I get rid of the stiffness?

  11. admin Says:

    Hello Natasha:

    We are sorry we missed your message.

    Some of the fabric can be used to make clothing. However, some of them are too stiff to make clothing. Please visit our website at:

    http://www.dupsies.com/

    to get a feel of what can be used to make clothing.

    Thank you once again for your feedback. Again, we apologize for missing your message.

    With Kind Regards,

    The Dupsie’s Team.

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