How To Tie The "Gele"- the back to front method.

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What is a "Gele"?
"Gele" is a Yoruba {Nigeria, West Africa} word for a female Headwraps usually worn at occasions such as weddings.

...the inseparable fashion accessory of the African woman..

The "Back to Front" Style:
1. Fold the material depending on its width to make sure if covers the entire hair {how much you fold this material depends on its width}
2. Stand in front of a mirror or a friendly guide
3. Hold the material with the folded part away from your face.
4. Place the material over your hair/head.
5. Adjust the material so its middle is at the base of your neck. In doing so you will have two ends of material. Holding your head up, look straight ahead, grab the right end of the material midway to the end with your right hand and hold on to while grabbing the left end of the material with your left hand.
6. Hold the ends close together with your thumbs, allowing the rest of your fingers to be free.

 


7. Keep holding the material with your thumbs, but use the two fingers next to your thumbs to switch the right end of the material to your left hand and the left end to your right hand. {I always find that I bend my head down when doing this or you can just take any position best for you}.
8. Tighten the gele by pulling the ends, your right hand holding the formerly left end of the material will be up above your right ear.
9. Let go of the left side of the material but keep still hold the right.
10. I usually hold my head tilted a bit for this neck step. Take the right end around your head with your right hand until it gets to the left ear.
11. With your left hand, move the left end away from right side you are working with.
{Now here's where you're creativity comes in} You can twist, tuck, or tie this end. If you want to make a crown gele, you're going to be tucking the ends in so no piece shows. And then you when the right end is tucked in, you will do the same with the left end.


But I like to do this:
12. Tie the right end and the left end together at their base. Tie the ends so that they are comfortable on your head-not too loose and not too tight. You should now have a Head-wrap that covers your head with two pieces hanging down-one longer than the other. You could just leave it like that, or you could experiment with twisting, tucking one end at a time or tying both pieces together until you end up with a "finished product" that you like you and is comfortable.

 

24 comments

by Joy Joy added over 4 years ago

omo to fine gon`
i like

by omobolanle added over 4 years ago

it would have been nice to have pictures showing the steps... thumbs, fingers, left, right quite confusing. but the tips are appreciated

by tricia added over 4 years ago

av been trying to learn how to tie head gear,tanks for this its great.

by Azeta added over 4 years ago

Too much grama, let see the real thing done. The processes.

by Joy Joy added over 4 years ago

Azeta you do understand english dont you? lol

by Udoka Anita Okeiyi-Olaleye added over 4 years ago

tanx 4 d teaching

by ADAOBI Osanebi added over 4 years ago

Thanks 4 d steps but practical is easier and a better way of learning it,it's a skill every Nigerian lady/woman should have just like cooking,I can tie very well my mum taught me as a child-we stand in front of a mirror she ties taking note of d steps and lose it give me to tie wit her supervision if every mother does this we wil all come out elegantly dressed looking good in our attire I love it.

by acabadocakes added over 4 years ago

Adaobi, the question is 'how many mothers can tie these days'?
I love to tie but I spend several hours not really achieving much. Like omobolanle said more pictures will go a long way.

by mary obasa added over 4 years ago

was very pleased to see proper manner of doing this. had fumbled for many days on this.

by iyabode added about 4 years ago

i found it very difficult 2 tie the gead gear, that is why i don't normally buy it again

by funmi added almost 4 years ago

I don't find it easy tying gele but I like it on ladies when properly tied. It wld hav bn better if the stages are in pictures.

by Joy Joy added almost 4 years ago

i like...
tnx

by Chinwe Mary added almost 4 years ago

nice, but showing the steps will be okay

by Joy added over 3 years ago

@ acabadocakes, you are very right with that question of yours. Am very surprised that when you get to parties you see housewives with big cars using money to tie their so called gele.

I can tie it perfectly and i have a lot of friends that do same .We even tie for people at functions to make our money.

Please we need to learn as fast as possible to make our mothers land proud.

by joyce added over 3 years ago

I always thot gele was igbo and asoke is yoruba. I want to be sure the correct thing bcos honestly I think a lot of pple are mis informed about the culture of Nigeria and most times will generalize and say African which is very wrong. I wudnt call the UK, Europe when I'm refering to them. Basically what I'm saying is we shud be more specific about the information we put online bcos this is wat speaks for our country outside and sells us. no one shud be offended Just a comment to improve our sites and if i'm wrong pls educate me..........

by princessblossom added about 3 years ago

I must try it very soon...
Good tips...
I really want to very good in tying these Igeles...

Thanks a lot Namywedding for d lecture...

by mojisola toluwashe added about 3 years ago

Excellent lecture.very clear.

by Tosino added about 3 years ago

Nice one thanks for the tip pls can u teach us d front to back style sumtime

by Holuwatosyn Rhoda added over 2 years ago

Nice one.....................

by laurina added almost 2 years ago

this is beautiful

by adeleye julia added almost 2 years ago

@ joyce,they are very right to call it gele not asooke,gele can be asooke or not so far it's head gear,asooke is not only for headgear.nice lecture but wld av look to see d pics of d steps

by Joycelny added almost 2 years ago

Hmmm it's easier said than done

by JULCY CAKE added almost 2 years ago

Thanks for d wonderful steps,but pictures of d steps will be preferrable.

by heidi added 8 months ago

Lovely. More lessons tips wil be appreciated.

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