Have you been looking to update your style while at the same time discovering more about your own (or another) culture? If so the African Dashiki may be just what you’re looking for. A perfect cross between style and culture it is a welcome addition to any wardrobe.
The word dashiki comes from the Yoruba language the main language of West Africa. Dashikis are worn predominately in this region and are used mostly for special occasions and celebrations. They were popularized in America during the Civil Rights movement and Black Power movement as a way for members to further ingrain themselves in traditional African culture. As the search for cultural identity has become more prevalent throughout the African American community, the popularity of the dashiki has continued to grow.
If you are still on the fence about buying a dashiki, there has never been a better time to join this fashion and cultural movement.
Let’s be honest, we like to wear clothes that look good. Fashion is something that touches us all no matter what. If you’re looking to upgrade your summer wardrobe there’s not much that looks better than a dashiki in the sun. As you can see on the site they come in all kinds of colors and patterns that are perfect for summer weather.
Summer is all about hanging out at the beach and looking and feeling good in the heat. The numerous patterns and colors found in dashikis perfectly match the summer months. Light, loose, and colorful is what we want from all of our clothes when the heat is coming down and that is what you get when you grab a dashiki.
From West Africa to America this fashion trend is sweeping the world. Celebrities including Gwen Stefani, Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, and Nicki Minaj have all been known to rock dashikis. So what are you waiting for? I think Beyoncé knows a little about fashion so let’s follow her lead.
When you are putting together your outfit you can start with your dashiki and match everything to it. You can use the dominant colors as a guide and match your pants, shoes, and accessories to it. Or you could let the dashiki shine and surround it with more muted colors like black, white and tan.
Where can you wear your new dashiki?
Special Events (Weddings, Birthdays, etc.)
Anywhere you are living your life! (This thing is pretty versatile)
However you wear yours you are sure to have all eyes on you. Your friends are gonna be begging you to tell them where you got it!
Though they are beautiful, the dashiki is not only a fashion statement. They are also a symbol of African pride (whether or not you are of African descent). If you are well informed about it, just wearing one can spark a discussion!
When you want to talk to people wear your dashiki out in public or maybe to your favorite coffee shop or bar. When you get a compliment on it, which you definitely will, use it as an icebreaker to open up a conversation about the West African people that invented the fashion statement. Now you’re not only stylish but you have a conversation built right into your clothes.
Whether or not you acknowledge it the clothing is more than just clothing. Depending on the colors and patterns each dashiki can tell a different story, and as the owner you should learn that story.
The return of the dashiki is a part of a larger movement and has been accompanied by a return to natural hairstyles, and talks of cultural identity that were lost to many people of African decent. It has become a staple for many people of African decent that are looking to get a little closer to their roots. So when you wear yours, know that you are not only fashionable but you are also a part of that cultural movement. Pretty cool right!?
Should you get a dashiki? That is the real question you are trying to answer and that this article is trying to help you answer. Maybe you don’t want to be fashion forward or at the forefront of a cultural movement. If you don’t then maybe you shouldn’t get one. But, if you want to be the best dressed at your next party or social event, and start conversations about African culture, then this is the perfect addition to your wardrobe! You’ll be wondering how you ever lived without it!
To see more dashiki styles and ideas visit our home page or Justdashiki.com
Thanks for reading,