How to tie an African wrapper

The wrapper is locally referred to as rappa, malaan, or fanoo. It is a piece of garment wrapped around the waist and wildly worn by Africans.

The wrapper was the first form of clothing in Africa, if not the whole world. Northern Africa was the first to introduce cotton clothing. They used their unique skills to make beautiful outfits from cotton and animal skins. West Africa was further away from modernization until the coming of the northern Africans to Western Sudan (used to refer to West Africa).

Later, when cotton was introduced in Africa, people started creating wrappers from cotton and also woven materials.
In the olden days, wrappers signified dignity and respect for young girls and women in African society. To Africans, the dressing should not only be fashionable but also carry modesty and elegance in it. Men in high power positions dressed in traditional outfits like wrappers. Before the arrival of trousers to West Africa, both men and women tied wrappers.
The way of tying a wrapper then determined the gender and age of an individual. Young boys tied a smaller piece of material just above their knees, and elderly men had longer ones below their knees. Young girls had the same as the boys, but they had a smaller wrapper to tie around the bust to cover up. On the other hand, older women will have larger and longer ones to cover their chest up to their ankles.
To this date, women in The Gambia and other parts of West Africa tie wrappers on a daily basis. Mostly in use are wrappers simply tied around the waist, creating a long skirt up to ankles. You can still find men tying wrappers on special occasions in Nigeria, Ghana, or Sierra Leone.
Wrapper offers comfort and creates free movement for women. Women will always wear wrappers when doing household chores. They will also use the wrapper to strap their children on their backs while working. Strapping a child on the back with a wrapper is believed to make them blessed and strong when they grow up. It is also a form of protection for the child against evil spirits. It is said that when a woman carries a child on their back, no wicked eye can cast evil on the child.
Gambians use a popular saying when they want to let a person know not to take them for a fool, and it goes like this; ˝My mother did not strap me on her back with a tissue pepper˝. This saying has a lot of meaning attached to it. It shows that a child was well protected by their mother, and the mother has never allowed the child to be exposed to danger. It also shows that the child, even when they grow up, the blessing of wrapper still follows them.

Let's start planing!

We live in The Gambia and we are happy to help you to plan your holidays. By choosing us, your time, your most valuable asset will be fulfilled with creative suggestions about where to go and what to do. You will know you are making the right choice because we are spending a lot of time on the road ourselves; scouting out new places, deepening relationships with locals involved, and finding places to eat, enjoy and stay.

Get everything set for your vacation and travel without worries!

Your questions and requests will be considered individually by one of our experts. You will receive special benefits that you can't get on your own or are not available on automatic booking systems. We will provide you with a wide range of information about activities you can choose to make your stay more vivid. You will have the assistance of a person, which will be there for you, will provide information to the details and use all the knowledge to make your trip memorable.
Let's start planing
Previous
Next

Did you enjoy this article? Share it with friends >>>

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on linkedin

Other Articles

Presenting Foundation DK Moves Academy School

Foundation DK moves came into existence in 2018. Foundation DK moves academy school is first class opportunity environment for children to begin to understand that school is a place for learning and to surcase their skills. They will learn about sharing, taking turns, respecting the rights of others, and taking care of themselves.

Read More »

New weekly live show in The Gambia

We are happy that The Gambia became a place for a very interesting, new, breath-taking, weekly live show. Singers, dancers, drummers and acrobats have been working for many months to deliver unique live show to locals and visitors of The Gambia.

Read More »

Yoga Bliss Gambia: Joint-freeing Series for the Upper Body

The joint-freeing series (pavanmuktasana series) challenges you to move each joint gently and systematically through its range of motion. The series starts with the feet and ankles, moves up to the knees, hips, torso and spine, and finishes with the upper limbs and neck. In the last issue, I introduced the lower body component of joint-freeing series. In this issue I will be running through the upper body component of the series.

Read More »
error: Content is protected !!