Woman with a child from northern Dan village of Biankuma, Ivory Coast, West Africa
Photo: Vandenhoute, 1938-39, IV.F.V. 89-10

The variety of the coiffures is apparent once again in the picture of a woman and child from Biankuma (northern Dan). The woman's high forehead, lined with a braids at each side, between the ear and the cheek.

The child on its mother's arm has short-trimmed hair but also a braid turned forward on top of its head.

Photo and text from the book Hair in African Art and Culture, Edit by Roy Sieber and Frank Herreman, The Museum for African Art, New York, 2000.
braiding, twisting, plaiting, corn rolls, and reverse braiding