Dashiki Dreams

I wrote about the Dashiki several weeks ago. One of our most popular item is the Logan Dashiki. Since then Ive been dreaming up new ways to design clothing with the Dashiki Print. The Dashiki history is very fascinating! As I stated in “House of Rubi Introduces the Logan Dashiki”, the Dashiki originated in West Africa.

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House of Rubi Logan Dashiki! Click this link to check out House of Rubi Introduces the Logan Dashiki!

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House of Rubi Logan Dashiki! Click this image to check out the blog!

The Dashiki is commonly a short sleeved, vibrant colored, loosely fitted, cotton blend tunic, with multi-colored, V-shape embroidery, ornately embellishing the garment’s neckline, shoulders, and sleeve.

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Traditional African Dashiki. Image taken from Goodir Somali Import Export Education. Click this image to check out blog!

According to “Dashiki As American Fashion” Dashikis became popular in the United states during the 60’s after the civil Rights Act of 1964. African Americans wore Dashikis to symbolize their cultural heritage and black unity. However during that era, Dashikis lost its political significance when its popularity trickled into mainstream and was worn by hippies and celebrities. The traditional West African Dashiki features intricate colorful embroidery. The Dashikis worn in the 60’s and today are made out of printed fabrics manufactured and imported from Asia and Europe. Some refer to these fabrics as “Dashiki print, “Angelina Print” and/or “Khanga Print”

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The Khanga cloth. Image taken from Nida Textile Mills (T) Limited website. Nida Textiles produces cotton textiles which are sold domestically in Tanzania. They also export to neighboring countries, Europe and American Markets. Click this image to find out more about Nida Textiles Mills.

Khanga print isn’t solely associated with Dashikis. The Khanga is a cotton fabric with print which features a decorated border around all edges and is predominantly worn by people in the African Great Lakes Region. Countries included in the great lake area are Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo.

i’ve been Dashiki Dreaming! A client ordered the Logan Dashiki in green.

House of Rubi Logan Dashiki in Green! Available at the House of Rubi Online Shop. Click this Image to order

House of Rubi Logan Dashiki in Green! Available at the House of Rubi Online Shop. Click this Image to order

Check in to follow the Dashiki Dreams series.  Through out the following weeks I will share more of the Dashiki history and show case new Dashiki inspired fashions from House of Rubi!

Thanks for reading Dashiki Dreams

To get a customized fashion item made and/or find out more about House of Rubi, email me (Rubi Girl Tenneh) at info@houseofrubi.com or just click CONTACT US. Also, visit the House of Rubi website at  www.houseofrubi.com 

Follow House of Rubi to find afro-chic and other cultural inspired fashions, learn about world design trends, cosmopolitan trends, cultural traditions, and keep updated on the brand!!

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