The traditional dashiki originated in West Africa. In the early days, the authentic dashiki top was loose fitting and worn by men. There are both formal and informal styles of dashiki shirts. The most common style is the pullover style with a decorative V-shaped collar. The shirt is also has embroidery or design details at the neck, sleeves and bottom of the garment.
The name dashiki is a Yoruba adapted word from the Hausa language. “Danshiki” or "dan ciki" means “inner garment” in the Hausa language. It also goes by the name 'Angelina' in Ghana and Congo. This popular terms refers to the most popular style of dashiki print. Wearing dashikis was functional in nature. The loose-fitting style and lightweight fabric made the dashikis the perfect attire the intense heat typical of countries in West Africa.
“Angelina” Dashiki Print
The dashiki became of part of American culture during the 1960s. At this time, it became a symbol of affirmation to the civil struggles Blacks were facing during this people. Both men and women adopted dashiki skirts as a part of everyday style.
Now you can find the dashiki print featured in both men’s and women’s fashion. Skirts, dresses, shirts, pants have all been made out of dashiki print.
Besides being quite stylish, dashikis have become of popular because it is easy to wear. You can wear a dashiki top with shorts and sandals in the summer. Or layer with a turtleneck, jeans and boots in the winter.
Whether you want to represent African culture, styling a vintage or just wearing what you want your way, wearing a dashiki print make a definite status.
Here are some of my favorites dashiki inspired looks from the Fashions by RoPuddles Collection.
Custom Signature Midi Skirt in Purple Dashiki print
Heritage Denim Dashiki Maxi Skirt (available here)
Denim Dashiki Top (available here)
Custom Signature Maxi skirt (available here)