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The History And Evolution Of The Dashiki
The name dashiki is derived from the Hausa word ʼdan ciki, which means shirt. It is usually worn with a brimless Kufi cap which is worn in Islamic communities in Africa and the African diaspora, and a pair of pants.
Dashikis were made popular in the western parts of the world by Oba (Yoruba word for king) Ofuntola Oseijeman Adelabu Adefunmi, who was born Walter Eugene in Detroit, Michigan, USA in 1928. He became interested in African Studies at the age of 16, and traveled to Haiti at the age of 20 in order to be exposed to African religion from indigenous Africans. Soon after, he returned to the U.S. and began a small scale manufacturing business which included African attire, most notably dashikis.
When the Afrocentric layered Dashiki pattern became a thing some years back, it had seemed that it would remain a simplistic expression of like prints which often times were styled as though many of it’s wearers were scared of going beyond the classic caftan blouse or shirt.
But over the years this unique print style has morphed into an array of versatile palettes. And as for the styles, they evolved as well.
Today, Dashiki materials have become a focal point of all kinds style variations. And the stylists are no longer afraid to dare!
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