Fashionista Temi Otedola of JTO, age 20 shares some beautiful and current ways to wear Nigerian gele in a collaboration with photographer, Bernard Okulaja. The London-based fashion blogger is the youngest daughter of energy tycoon Femi Otedola. Temi intends to fuse her love for African styles and culture with the west. Check out the beautiful gele styles for the young below.
“The gele, the traditional head wrap worn by women in Nigerian culture. I have always had a slightly nostalgic moment when I wear a gele, and instantly flashback to old photos of my grandmother and mother wearing beautifully constructed head wraps.
For all the non-Nigerian readers, gele’s are usually worn to special occasions such as – weddings, anniversaries and formal events, however some truly fabulous women rock them even day to day. Most commonly used is the “Aso oke”, which is originally a ceremonial woven fabric made out of cotton or silk.
As a proud Nigerian and someone who loves to celebrate and embrace my beautiful culture, I was excited to explore the different ways the gele could be moulded to different moods using varying colours and patterns.”