An Ode to Elysee


An Ode to Elysee is a visual and textual series prompted by the various hairnets worn by black women one of which comes in a packaging  branded “elysee” . . . . .

Elysee is an ode to all hairnets, bonnets, wig caps, durangs, wrap bonnets, meshnets, silk scarfs, snoods etc out there. Black women love their hairnets and black hair is like any other! Its extremely fragile, requires tender loving care, It has bends and twists that make it more vulnerable to manipulate

An Ode to Elysee project funded by Arts Council England explores the relationship Black women have with their hairnets, silk scarves etc and also celebrates black women, black hair and black culture. The expression of beauty through hairstyles has been a long standing signature of black culture. An Ode to Elysee documents the connection between hair and beauty in Black culture.

Visual artist and art making philosopher, Chin We documented over 15 different types/styles of hairnets, bonnets etc worn by black women. The women wrote an ode from their heart dedicated to their hairnets.


About Chin We

Chin We is an award wining visual artist and art making philosopher based in London, England. Her work explores themes and issues of social/cultural identity, culture, representation, heritage and the african diaspora through photography, film and mixed media.

Connect with Chin We at www.chinwe,.me    Instagram:    Twitter: chinw_e     Linkedin: Chinwe FRSA


  1. Jacalyn
    December 21, 2020 / 8:07 pm

    Excellent, excitable post. Couldn’t put it down! Made me think of the historical journey we, as WOC, have had with our hairnets. From the tiny stretched lace net back in the days, (think Ena Sharples for those old enough) to our large crocheted or silk wrap. Thank you for the memory Chin We

    • admin
      December 23, 2020 / 3:59 pm

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I am glad you enjoyed the series.

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