The classic Yoruba ‘iro and buba’ and more modern trad looks are styled glamorous for traditional events with ‘gele’ which can be tied in different ways bringing the whole look together.
From the infinity pleats gele (done with 6 yards of Ankara fabric) to small gele, avantgarde and more, gele can be done in different styles to suit different occasion/individual preference.
The long headtie is perfect for creating clean pleats that can be tied compact or all out glam. Yemisi Seriki shows how to nail the perfect gele in simple steps. Here’s a step by step guide of another style the makeup artist and vlogger swears by:
Step 1. Fold the Gele into 2 equal half ( I am using half Gele )
Step 2. Wrap around your head.
Step 3. Overlap the Gele at the back of your neck
Step 4. Bring the hand of the Gele forward and pause at the middle of your forehead.
Step 5. Make a few pleat
Step 6. Take the pleat to the back
Step 7. Change hands to help create wings
Step 8. Fold to the middle of the neck where the other hand is
Step 9. Make sure you have a firm neat grip
Step 10. Make sure both edges are gripped firmly
Step 11. Then tie tight (Twice if necessary)
Step 12. Make more pleat to the front of your Gele
Close up at the pleats