Dashiki

/dəˈSHēkē/

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.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s