Everything You Need to Know About the Dashiki

Posted on 19 September 2018

The word “dashiki" comes from the Yoruba word danshiki, used to refer to the loose-fitting pullover which originated in West Africa as a functional work tunic for men, comfortable enough to wear in the heat, The Yoruba borrowed the name dashiki from the Hausa word dan ciki, which means shirt

The dashiki is a colourful garment for women and men worn mostly in West Africa and it’s common form is a loose-fitting pullover garment, with an ornate V-shaped collar, and tailored and embroidered neck and sleeve lines.

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The iconic Dashiki formally called Angelica print was created by a Vlisco textile designer, Toon van de Manakker based the design of the print on the 19th century Ethiopian noblewoman’s tunic.

In 1967, Jason Benning coined the modern term "dashiki" and began to mass produce the dashiki-style shirt along with Milton Clarke, Howard Davis, and William Smith under their brand New Breed Clothing Limited. 

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For most people the dashiki is a symbol of affirmation and signals a return to African roots. Since the late 1960's, the dashiki shirt continues to be worn by African-Americans embracing their African heritage and promoting Black pride as a unisex garment, many men and women wear the dashiki during Black History Month.

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In recent years, the dashiki shirt has become part of essential street wear attire, even celebrities are increasingly being captured rocking the lovely print. You can style it with a blazer, jeans, skirt, wrapper and there’s even a Gown Dashiki. Whether you’re trying to go for a vintage look, trying to slay or get in touch with your African heritage you can’t go wrong with the multiple coloured Dashiki.

From the look of things, The Dashiki Ain’t going no place.

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