The Dashiki Has Re-emerged

IMG_0572The Dashiki Has Re-emerged By Maia Williams

A clothing style that has been popular this year for males and females is the Dashikis. A Dashiki is a loose brightly colored shirt shaped in a tunic silhouette that originated from West Africa. Women and girls also wear it as a dress.

Dashikis are definitely popular in the fashion industry and are attention grabbers as well as statement makers in the African American communities.

During the “Say it Loud I’m Black and I’m Proud” era of the 60’s, Dashikis were a staple in many wardrobes of the Afrocentric conscious Sistahs and Brothas. There is an interesting history behind the dashiki. They became marketed in America during black cultural and political struggles during the civil rights movement. It was worn in protest against society’s disrespect towards African Americans. They represented black empowerment and black IMG_0568unity. In present day it still represents the same significance for Black pride. They are also worn to symbolically represent the roots of Africa. They have re-emerged as a great way to accent the new culturally-aware fashionistas of the 21st century.

The combination of bright colors and  designs make them easy to coordinate with almost anything that you may already have in your wardrobe. Today’s Dashikis are cool, comfortable and stylish.

If you are located in Pittsburgh and are looking to purchase one, I recommend Jamil’s Global Village in East Liberty 6024 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206.

Thank you for reading YSW and stay tuned for more fashion tips, how-tos and trends with us.



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