I’ve been teaching myself how to draw braided hair the past couple of days. At first it appeared difficult and tedious, but as I continue practicing this skill, this initial challenge has given way to fun. I think I’m getting the hang of it now.
Braids appear to have been a favorite hairstyle among the ancient Egyptian and Kushite peoples, but they are also ubiquitous among many other cultures across the African continent. One particular braiding style known as cornrows (pictured in the upper left and bottom drawings) appears to have originated in ancient West Africa before spreading as far afield as Ethiopia and even across the Mediterranean to classical Greece!
By the way, the character depicted in the bottom drawing is supposed to be Hathor, the Egyptian goddess of feminine love and fertility.