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Welcome to our gele tutorial video, brought to you by I Wear African, your go-to destination for contemporary African outfits and fashion inspiration. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll delve into the captivating world of gele tying using Afrocentric materials like Ankara and Kente fabric. Gele, a traditional African headwrap, adds a touch of elegance, cultural heritage, and individuality to any ensemble. Join us on this exciting journey as we master the art of tying gele from scratch, while discovering the beauty of Afrocentric textiles.
So, let’s dive into the world of gele and Afrocentric textiles together. Get ready to master the art of gele tying, unleash your creativity, and make a bold fashion statement with I Wear African.
So, let’s prepare our fabrics Regular-headtie size 72″ long × 36″ wide and get ready to tie the most stunning gele styles using Afrocentric materials. Remember, the right fabric sets the foundation for a remarkable gele look, and at I Wear African, we’re here to guide you every step of the way. Now that you have your Afrocentric fabric ready, it’s time to dive into the basic techniques of gele tying. These fundamental steps will help you lay a solid foundation for creating various gele styles. Let’s get started:
Head Wrap Preparation: Before placing the gele fabric on your head, it’s essential to create a base by wrapping your hair with a wig cap or tying it with a scarf. This step ensures a smooth surface and helps the gele stay in place.
Placing the Fabric: Hold one end of the fabric and place it on your forehead, slightly to one side. The length of fabric should be longer on one side to allow for wrapping and pleating.
Wrap Around: Wrap the fabric around your head, keeping it snug but not too tight. Make sure to cover your hair completely and maintain an even tension throughout the wrapping process.
Pleating: Start pleating the fabric on one side, creating small, neat folds. You can make the pleats as wide or narrow as you prefer, depending on the desired style. Secure each pleat with bobby pins or gele pins to keep them in place.
Tuck and Adjust: Once you’ve pleated both side, Cross he fabric in that the right does to the left and left goes to the right and ensure to secure it with bobby pin wrapped section at the front of your head. Adjust the pleats and make any necessary tweaks to achieve a symmetrical and balanced look. Start creating elongated pleats make sure the are the same size your hands should always be holding the fabric firmly after making he pleats ensure you do the same to the other side.
Final Touches: Take a moment to adjust the gele, ensuring it sits securely and comfortably on your head. Smooth out any wrinkles or unevenness, and use additional pins as needed for extra hold.
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