100 Years of Hijab Fashion in 1 Minute (Africa Pt. 1)

When Islam asked for modesty, each region it spread to responded with either a head wrap that they believed represented it best or a as different styling of their cultural dress. However, because of the Arabization and anti-blackness, the traditional head wraps that doubled as hijab in most African countries were not considered hijab.

Turbans and head wraps that don’t cover your neck may have become trendy, as they’re worn by many hijabi bloggers and fashionistas, but their roots are wholly African.

We included the United States because of how radical it was to be Muslim and Black during the Civil Rights Movement — it only seemed fitting since Black people were kicking their colonizers’ ass across the Atlantic and giving the middle finger to white supremacy in every space they occupied. It was a time of revolution and resistance for Black Muslims.

Eritrea was represented with the keffiyeh wrapped as a turban to showcase how a symbol of freedom and resistance worn by Arabs and Kurds was also worn by Black women freedom fighters.

This video is for the most colorful Muslim population, not only in the color of their clothing but in their skin.

  • Sam

    I don;t understand why she gives us the finger, but nevertheless this series is pretty cool. I would love to see more countries. Keep up the great work!!!

  • surj

    Consider yourself lucky living in USA.

  • Safaa

    YES!!!!! perfect. I would also say that some turbans/head wraps that don’t cover necks can also relate to Punjab as well. I wonder if there is a connection there– with all the colonialism happening, it always makes me wonder how much of our history is lost to white supremacists

  • tifzlan

    This is beautiful! Now i kind of want to see a similar video of hijab styles of Muslims in Asia and then another video with side-by-sides of Muslims in Africa, the MENA region and Asia throughout the decades.

  • ThatNaijaGal

    This is good and all but gele comes from southern Nigeria where almost nobody is Muslim. Most Muslims in Nigeria only wear it on a special occasion like a wedding but on an everyday basis, nobody wears it and no one wears it as hijab.

    • Aminata Amadou Kindo

      Not exactly that

  • Aminata Amadou Kindo

    Great video. this the true expression of culture.
    I remember one cheikh who came in my country said that women were not covered because the were not wearing black Abaya.