In Ghana, ‘Duku’ is the name given to the traditional headscarf; an elegant, stylish, and iconic polyester fabric embroidered with symbols, stories, and proverbs; and adorned with vibrant sequin and mesmerizing color combinations.
It is mostly tied around the head with a knot at the back, front or the side. In some traditions, each style has a name and meaning; making the very act of wearing Duku, a form of communication.
The opportunity to wear a duku usually falls on a religious day or during funerals. Ghanaian duku are worn today for celebrations, religious occasions or as an expression of cultural pride. Originally worn only by women above age 50, Duku has become a fashion statement among the youth and the esteemed elderly.