The African woman’s wrapper, this piece of cloth like a prized jewel encapsulates her feminine essence.
No event – formal, religious, traditional or casual seems out of place for her to appear enveloped in her flowery wrapper.
There is, of course, a variation to her appearance as dictated by age; while young and adventurous, she would wrap herself around with a single sheet of wrapper, barely covering her knees and revealing long, dark legs and beautifully shaped calf but as she gracefully ages, she would lengthen and double same fabric to show maturity and decorum.
The African Woman’s wrapper, this highly prized possession often serves as her lingerie.
If you have had the privilege of gazing upon her narrow waist, then you know how the wrapper flows and stretches to accentuate her broad hips and expands downwards to accommodate her round, protruding behind.
Have you seen her with her wrapper knotted at the middle of her chest? The way it hugs her firm, full, voluptuous twin mounds. Look a moment longer and you would see how the wrapper slightly parts around her knees to lend you a peek at fat chocolate thighs, unaffected by the sun or any harsh element. If you have been privy to any of these sights, you would treasure the African woman’s wrapper even more than she does.
The African woman’s wrapper is one subliminal wonder of a fabric that can be tweaked to offer a lot more than it was originally designed for especially with a creative owner.
It is not uncommon to see how it functions particularly for the market woman as a safe – yes, the ultimate safe.
At the right or left tip of her wrapper is a special knot which holds an unbelievably large amount of naira bills surreptitiously deposited there for contingencies. This safe is one that can only be ‘opened’ when all else fails as not even natural disaster, the threat of hunger or death can get her to unknot that part of her wrapper.
Trust me, it is almost impossible to get her to dip into that particular storage facility. The African Woman’s wrapper, this piece of cloth is highly sought after and can be used as a kerchief.
The African woman tormented by the heat of the sun would loosen one end of her wrapper, bend her head and use it to wipe the sweat off her face and that of her offspring.
Oppressed by the scorching heat, she would leave her bed, spread her wrapper on the floor, use her headscarf as a pillow and serenade herself to sleep.
With her maternal instinct in full swing, she would gently unwrap her wrapper from her waist and rest it on her sleeping child to shield it from the cold night air.
To refer to the African woman’s wrapper as a mere piece of clothing would be tragic for the culprit who dares… Her wrapper is not just an apparel, lingerie, safe, kerchief or blanket, it is the symbol of her femininity, versatility, pedigree, and belief.