Irun Kiko - A Threaded Act of Preservation & Honor

Irun Kiko - A Threaded Act of Preservation & Honor

Irun Kiko - A Threaded Act of Preservation & Honor 18Wx24LX1.5D” inches // 46Wx61X4cm c. 2020 @bybmooreI’ve quoted parts of the below article before but it just always strikes me as a great reference for connecting traditional natural African hair styles with modern times. I know a lot of us are digging into our self identity during these self isolation times and if not, that’s ok too. Just thought while I’m learning about my roots, I’d share some with you all as an accompanying narrative to the artwork. 🙏🏽 Learning last year my DNA, I found my African ethnicity is primarily Nigerian with other regions and tribes. So, for this piece, the title comes from the Nigerian Hair Threading technique called Irun Kiko in Nigerian / Yoruba. @Busayo Olupona has vivid memories of emigrating to Davis, California, from Nigeria with her family when she was 12 years old, down to the way she wore her hair. “I had circular bantu knots tightly wrapped in thread, so of course I stood out in this very white university town,” she says. “As the new kid, it was a disaster! I had no idea how fabulous I looked.” Fast forward a decade or two and Olupona is reclaiming all the head-turning West African fashion and beauty traditions she once ran from as a child. The hairdo made a cameo in Beyoncé’s groundbreaking “Formation” video last year, rising hairstyling star Jawara has drawn inspiration from the technique for his spellbinding editorial shoots, and it has appeared backstage at fashion shows such as Hood By Air. Fast forward a decade or two and Olupona is reclaiming all the head-turning West African fashion and beauty traditions she once ran from as a child. For her latest lookbook shoot in Lagos, the Brooklyn-based designer decided to pair each of the vibrant traditional printed looks in her new collection with a different take on the ancient art of hair threading, known as Irun Kiko in Yoruba. What’s more, it has all the same protective benefits that braids do, stretching natural coils and curls without the need for extensions and hair-growth stimulation.” @vogue 
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