Safety Pin Headdress
“Safety Pin Headdress”
“Hairdressing continues to be important in African societies. Many traditional hairstyles continue to be worn by groups living in remote regions and by others for ceremonies and special occasions.
The variety of hairstyles and headwear in Africa matches the diversity of the people who live on the continent. Different cultures have used hairstyles and headwear to show tribal association, gender, religion, job, and social status. In addition, the various cultures have created wigs, hats, hair ornaments, razors, and combs to aid in adorning the head. The importance of headwear to African culture is witnessed by the many statues and masks of ancient Africa that show detailed hair ornamentation.
Some groups cut their hair very short or shave their heads completely. In these societies, the head is decorated in other elaborate ways; the ears and neck are often heavily ornamented, and the facial skin is painted or scarred. The Samburu women of Kenya wear headdresses of many coloured beads on their shaved heads.
Hairdressing continues to be important in African societies. Many traditional hairstyles continue to be worn by groups living in remote regions and by others for ceremonies and special occasions. However, many African people living in cities have adopted Western hairstyles and hats and ornaments, like safety pins in this picture.”
1968 image reworked by artist in 2020 – Hand of the Artist African Headdress Collection
Vanishing Africa Ltd/Mirella Ricciardi ©
Contemporary mixed media hand coloured archival pigment print 2020. In White crackle Lacquer frame with gilt slip
Signed Edition 1/1
Image Size: 24” x 16.75”
Framed Size: 82cm high x 64cm wide
(33” x 25”)