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    West African Traditional Hairstyles

    I am conducting research into the resourceful use of traditional hairstyles of the The Yorùbá from South West Nigeria, and the neighbouring Republics of Bénin and Togo.
    Popular for their infinite style possibilities and profiled by top models, gracing the stages at High Fashion and Avante Garde Shows; the communicative functions of West African traditional hairstyles are masked under a stylisation of simplified forms, imposing structures and ornateness.
    Each geographical region has its customary appeal and each tribe its uniqueness. This creative mode of non-verbal and visual communication revealed the primeval and physical measure of the indigenous life cycle, by serving as a pictorial intermediary; informative, educative, cautionary and entertaining, at a period when community members relied on ‘word of mouth’ exchanges to discuss and conclude on societal matters.

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