Dhuku is the art and style of creating and wearing printed African headwraps. Whether you are a beginner, novice or just curious, don’t you worry - Tracey Nyatsanza Mupedzi (who you will find at The Olive Tree Market) can help will you to learn all the tricks of the trade!
Tracey moved to Australia from Harare in Zimbabwe in 2009 and started The Perfect Dawn, which specialises in African Accessories in early 2017. As a young girl, Tracey loved Dhuku traditional African headwraps, gleaning her knowledge of the artform from the women in her family - her mother, Aunty, and predominantly her late Grandmother Manyara.
It is traditional for older women in the family to pass on knowledge of the traditions, and meanings, associated with each Dhuku style. Different colours and styles have individual meaning - each method has a unique, traditional meaning with cultural significance. Tracey has also created many of her own styles, providing a modern take on the traditional Dhuku wrap.
“I think that headwraps really are the perfect accessory and can be worn through any season throughout the year,” says Tracey.
Since starting her business in March 2017, and joining The Olive Tree Market, Tracey has had an amazing response from both African and non-African women and has been excited by the positive response.
“Nothing gives me more joy than seeing women, young and old wearing my head wraps and designs,” she said.
Tracey also runs workshops so that women can learn to recreate simple, elegant, sophisticated styles which can be adapted to each participant personal style and tastes.
She has been particularly inspired by the many women who have approached her to buy the headwraps, and learn her head wrap styles, as a result of losing their hair while undergoing treatment for cancer.
“This is really what inspired me to share my knowledge by holding the workshops. But of course - all women are welcome!”
You will find Tracey at this months Olive Tree Market – 3rd February at Civic Park. Don’t panic if you miss out, there are also markets on March 3rd and April 7th, 2018! For more information visit www.facebook.com/theperfectbeading or www.theolivetreemarket.com.au
Images by Little Kite Photography