The Dashiki – A Symbol of Africa for Black History Month

The Dashiki for Black History Month

For some people, wearing an African dashiki is a tradition in Black History Month. This probably is the reason why dashiki sales soar so high during February. Dashikis are directly associated with Africa, and instantly recognizable as an African look. In Nigeria and many other African countries, dashikis are worn for comfort in the hot climate. In America, the African dashiki sends its own message.

What is a dashiki? A dashiki is a colorful garment that covers the top half of the body. The dashiki found a market in America during the Black cultural and political struggles in the 1960s. The dashiki rebelled against men’s fashions of that time: brightly colored instead of drab, loose instead of tight, worn outside the pants instead of tucked in. It could be worn defiantly on occasions that normally would call for a coat and tie.

The dashiki was worn as a way to protest society’ s disrespect for African Americans. It was a symbol of affirmation, it stood for “black is beautiful,” and signaled a return to African roots, and insistence on full rights in American society.

The militancy of the 1960s may have faded, but the dashiki has not. It still serves as a symbol of Africanness within American culture, especially during Kwanzaa and Black History Month. It is also sometimes worn as a high fashion look or just a colorful, comfortable shirt for all occasions.

Where can I find Dashikis? You can find many dashikis and other African apparel on the Africa Imports web site. Click Here to see the traditional print dashikis pictured.

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11 thoughts on “The Dashiki – A Symbol of Africa for Black History Month

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  • February 18, 2015 at 8:04 am

    This traditional dashiki is getting more popular in The Netherlands as well. Some comedians wear it on television shows and musicians wear it on festivals and during carnaval. Africa Imports sells the best dashikis online and has the best variety of African dashikis. Thank you for the business

    • August 20, 2015 at 12:29 pm

      Thank you so much for your comment! I am so sorry I am late getting back to you on this. I am excited that the African styles are becoming popular in other parts of the world like the Netherlands! We really appreciate your encouragement and are glad that you’re pleased with the dashikis!

      • February 2, 2016 at 11:56 pm

        Dashiki was made in Ghana just like kente there are three types of materials for dashiki just like kente. It’s a royal outfit with a deep meaning n history. Nigerians have their own traditional wear but now it popular n being worn anywhere popular in Chicago too

        • March 27, 2017 at 2:59 am

          Thank you so much for sharing. Many people in the African Diaspora are of Nigerian descent. It is great that you all can help us all learn more. Please continue to educate us all. It is greatly appreciated. We want to honor and respect our Native African people. I pray we call unite more, and build a strong foundation and get to know each other much better. Especially for those who were stripped of Africa. It truly means a lot. When we wear the various prints, it means that we are proud of our African ancestry. It shows to the oppressors that you have tried to take our identity, but we are proud. So, if we make mistakes in wearing such, please have a heart and kindly help us learn more. Thank you all so much. Much love, and respect.

          • May 13, 2017 at 12:59 pm

            Thanks for communicating. We are all learning and discovering together.

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  • May 19, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Great post! Nice that others are sharing history.

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