Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Modern Take on Dashikis

Dashikis have been receiving a lot of press lately, and not always good press. This time last year, Elle made the egregious error of calling the dashiki, a traditional piece of African garb, the next "kaftan". Recently, dashikis have been associated with terrorism and hate. The shooter in the Dallas police attack is frequently shown wearing his dashiki and raising a fist to the air. People who do not know the history of the piece are attempting to ascribe meanings to it; first as a mere trend, now as an item of hate.

Neither of those are true about the dashiki. It's a piece that transcends any time or trend, and its definitely not a piece a symbol of hate, but rather of love, strength, and power for the African Diaspora. 

This traditional piece can be worn and styled in a wide variety of ways, which I've compiled and posted here

Here is The Reclaimed modern take on the dashiki.
Friday Find: Modern Take on Dashikis