Special Projects > Heart of the Headwrap

Heart of the Headwrap is a series of upcoming workshops taking place the summer of 2017, throughout South Dallas neighborhoods. The workshops will teach women and girls about the 1786 Tignon Law of Louisiana, a law organized to oppress affluent women of African descendant through the headwrap.

In addition to understanding New Orleans 18th century culture both through the French and Spanish colonization of Louisiana, that created such a diverse community in which a growing population of people of African descendant lived freely among Europeans and slaves. While also understanding how the headwrap became a symbol of rebellion, that further enhance the characteristics that were meant to be oppress, beauty, intelligence, and adaptability.

Each participant will be gift a unique scarf and be taught how to incorporate personal style techniques with the overall goal in boosting self-confidence through self-identification with the headwrap while taking into account the history.

These workshops will be free and open to the public with sponsorship by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs through the Cultural Vitality Project Grant and the Nasher Sculpture Center Mircogrant.

Workshops will begin June through August with two opportunities at each of the following locations:

South Dallas Cultural Center June 23rd, 1pm & 2pm
3400 S Fitzhugh Ave, Dallas, TX 75210 CLOSED

Oak Cliff Cultural Center June 28th, 6pm-7pm
223 W Jefferson Blvd, Dallas, TX 75208 CLOSED

Paul Laurence Dunbar Lancaster-Kiest Branch Library July 8th, 11am-12pm
2008 East Kiest Blvd, Dallas, TX 75216 CLOSED

North Oak Cliff Branch Library July 22nd, 11am-12pm
302 West Tenth Street, Dallas, TX 75208 CLOSED

Polk-Wisdom Branch Library July 29th, 2pm-3pm
7151 Library Lane, Dallas, TX 75232 CLOSED

Venue Change Hampton-Illinois Branch Library August 5th, Time 11am-12pm
2951 South Hampton Road, Dallas, TX 75224 OPEN

Registration is required, please register at: cantoinettestudios@gmail.com and include your name, age, and workshop location.

Dallas Observer