WHAT EXACTLY IS A DASHIKI?
Dashikis have become quite popular lately, but what exactly is a dashiki? In short, a dashiki is a colorful loose fitting pull over V-neck shirt. Dashikis were originally worn by men mainly in West Africa as an informal garment, but they are pretty much worn by men, women, and kids today. A traditional dashiki is often embroidered; however, the everyday dashiki shirts are often made of light weight cotton, making them a perfect choice to wear in the summer to keep cool. Formal dashikis are sometimes made from silk with elaborate decorative embroidery around the neck and selves.
HISTORY OF THE DASHIKI
It may appear as though the dashiki is a new trend but it has been around for many years. The dashiki is one of the most recognized types of African clothing. The dashiki received its name from the Hausa word “dan ciki”, which means shirt. Originating in West Africa, the dashiki is now popular with the African diaspora and others around the globe. The dashiki became widely popular and symbolic of the African American struggle in 1960’s American. The dashiki was first manufactured in the U.S. during this time in Harlem. During this time frame, the dashiki also gained popularity by being featured in popular television shows and movies such as Soul Train.
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DASHIKI IN MODERN TIMES
Dashikis have again regained popularity during current times. Many black celebrities have been seen rocking dashikis, such as Beyoncé, Rihanna, and much more. The dashiki shirt has been remixed to include many other things such as dashiki dresses, dashiki home décor, dashiki accessories, along with dashiki shoes. The dashiki will be around for many more decades to come, as it has transformed into a garment that not only represents Africa and African American pride but as a garment that is universally fashion forward.
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