THE RENAISSANCE OF DASHIKI: DIFFERENT WAYS TO ROCK DASHIKI FABRIC

THE RENAISSANCE OF DASHIKI: DIFFERENT WAYS TO ROCK DASHIKI FABRIC

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DASHIKI is a colourful garment for men that cover the top half of the body. It has formal and informal versions which vary from simple draped clothing to fully tailored suits. Dashiki was a symbol of affirmation which stood for "black is beautiful and indicated a return to African roots and insistence of full rights. It was worn as a way to protest society's disrespect for African American. Dashiki is a Yoruba word borrowed from Hausa language" dan ciki" which means "underneath". Dashiki was made popular in the Western world by a Yoruba king called Ofuntola Oseijeman who began a small scale manufacturing business in African atire. Dashiki found market in America during the black cultural and political struggles in the 1960's. The dashiki was featured in movies like Putney Swope 1969 and a television series Soul Train 1971.                               

Wearing dashiki is a tradition for some people but today, the revolution of dashiki is the fact that it has become a unisex wear for both male and female with different styles.

The zeal for wearing new styles and designs led to the renaissence and restyling of it. Dashiki has been found on many musicians mostly the African American musicians including famous ones like Chris Brown, Beyonce, Rihanna and many more. Every day we see different styles evolving in our generation. The following are pictures of designed dashiki for the generation.

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