Well at this point in time, this young woman’s appearance posed a threat to blur the class levels that were in place for so long. In an effort to reinforce women of colour to a lowly status, the Tignon Law was put in place. This law mandated that free and enslaved black women must cover their hair with a piece of cloth when in public spaces. This was believed to diminish their beauty and serve as an identifier to show their low status in society.
In true Black Girl Magic fashion, the creole women of Louisiana took an item that was used to oppress them and made it into something fashionable. Women used cloths of varying colours, textures and patterns to cover their hair in the most intricate ways. With that bold step, the initial intent of the law had backfired because it only made the women appear even more beautiful and alluring.
We at Tignon wanted to bring this part of history to light and celebrate the resilience and creativity of the Creole women in this time while recognizing our ability to come together in strength and present our beauty un-apologetically. To honour them, we have named each wrap after Creole women who would have gladly donned our Tignons.
We invite you to join us in expressing your vibrant personality and creativity.