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  • How to Tie a Nigerian "Gele" Using Aso-oke.

    Asking with much trepidation because twice I've set off firestorms when all I wanted was an answer to my question. I am white and a US citizen. I cover for spiritual reasons and have done so for years. I wear what I like, but recently have hit flak from women accusing me of cultural appropriation. It's not. Covering is very much part of my culture although there are no specifically required styles. I don't understand the term "cultural appropriation". People have been copying things they liked from other cultures ever since the Ug tribe ventured half a mile into the forest and encountered the Og people. It's been said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, however when I ask for explanation a rash of anger erupts, but you can't fix a problem if you can't defi...

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    Asking with much trepidation because twice I've set off firestorms when all I wanted was an answer to my question. I am white and a US citizen. I cover for spiritual reasons and have done so for years. I wear what I like, but recently have hit flak from women accusing me of cultural appropriation. It's not. Covering is very much part of my culture although there are no specifically required styles. I don't understand the term "cultural appropriation". People have been copying things they liked from other cultures ever since the Ug tribe ventured half a mile into the forest and encountered the Og people. It's been said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, however when I ask for explanation a rash of anger erupts, but you can't fix a problem if you can't define it. So, respectfully, when does sincere imitation cross the line into cultural appropriation? May I incorporate the beautiful pleating technique into my own wraps? Would the ladies of Nigeria be upset to see me wearing a gele, and if so, why? What line would I have crossed?

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