10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DASHIKI
The dashiki is of the West African origin. Although it is mostly worn in the West Africa, it is also used in other parts of Africa. There are a lot of things that we need to know about this colorful African attire:
- The dashiki is an African garment originally worn by African men. In time past, dashiki used to be an exclusive reserve for men, it was not used by women. But in recent times, we have seen a change in this position, and dashiki is now tailor-made and worn by men and women alike.
- There are many sides to wearing da. There is the formal version as well as an informal version. And unlike in the time past where men wore draped dashiki, the trend now is the entirely tailored suits.
- Dashiki as a name is of the Nigerian language; Hausa origin, it is from the words “dan ciki” and it means “shirt” in English.
- The dashiki is no longer an African exclusive; it has found a market globally.
- The dashiki has been used in many foreign movies, television series and musicals over the years.
- There are simple (informal) version and formal versions of the African dashiki. The simple version is only one type while the formal dashiki has three different types
- The informal dashiki is embroidered and it is a traditional print. Three formal versions exist, and they consist, the Sokoto, which is the drawstring trousers, and of course, a matching kufi. The set is referred to as Dashiki Suit. The second formal dashiki type consists of an ankle-length shirt, a Sokoto, and a matching kufi, and it is properly called Senegalese Kaftan. The third version is a combination of a dashiki and matching trousers with agbada worn over it, and it is called a Grand Boubou
- The varieties of dashiki can be bought off from the clothing store. The name a dashiki is called is dependent on the shirt included in the dashiki set.
- The current dashiki trend allows male and female to make dashiki from just about any material. Folks have tailor-made dashiki from lace materials, Guinea material, Kampala material and other helpful looking everyday materials.
- Dashiki has evolved over the years, and it is still evolving. There is no reason to assert that it will ever fade out of the fashion scene.