Word origin: Yoruba

A colorful, loose-fitting shirt with short sleeves, an ornately embroidered v-shaped neckline, and embroidered hems. Dashikis are commonly worn across West Africa as well as other parts of the continent of Africa. Dashiki is often pronounced as “dah-SHEE-kee” in America. This item was popularized in the USA by black self-awareness and pride movements around the time of the Civil Rights era (1950’s). It’s popularity continued with the emergence of Kwanzaa in 1966 and “conscious” soul music and hip-hop in the 1990’s.

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