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The Higher the Gele

The Gele is a traditional Nigerian head wrap. Worn during special occasions as an accessory to the traditional ‘iro’ (a wrap-around skirt) and ‘buba’ (a loose fitting blouse)

Traditionally, the Gele was used to represent a woman’s marital status. If worn to the right, the woman was married, while if worn to the left, she was single & looking to mingle.

Because larger Geles cost more than smaller ones, they also serve as a sign of wealth & status.

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