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Cornrows

When I started looking for pictures of ladies with cornrows I found out some very interesting facts about their history and meaning.

The definition of a cornrow is – ‘Cornrows or braids, also called canerows in the Caribbean, are an ancient traditional African style of hair grooming, in which the hair is braided very close to the scalp, using an underhand, upward motion to produce a continuous, raised row.‘

I also found out that there are many types of cornrows and braids used throughout the world, and there are many different styles used by the various African countries – I’ll do further albums about these braids sometime. Forgive me if I’ve made a mistake with the pictures, I’m still learning about this fascinating subject. This is why I love doing this website, I’m learning so much about history and cultures as well as art!

Read about cultural appropriation – HERE

Read how cornrows were used as an escape map from slavery – HERE

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