Harris County Cultural Arts Council presents Crowns
During the late 1700s, Esteban Miro, Spanish Governor of the Louisiana and Florida provinces, instituted a sumptuary law requiring black women to cover their heads. The head covering worn was called a Tignon (tee-yon). Its intent was to oppress black women and mark them as slaves or a lesser station to prevent them competing with white women for the courtship of eligible men. As they have so often done when they are oppressed, black women wore the Tignons, but they wore them with class, grace and style and made them into a fashion statement.
Crowns showcases examples of the various headdresses worn by black women, including African Queens and those who wore the Tignon, across the diaspora down through the centuries. Intended as a tribute to Iola Moss (1914-2019), who believed the hat signified Godly covering and was rarely seen on Sundays without one, Crowns celebrates the grace, beauty, strength, and resiliency of black women.