The Dashiki top has been a firm festival favourite for years, a must have for hippy fancy dresses and perfect for men and women, but what is a Dashiki shirt?
The dashiki is a colourful top manly worn by men and widely worn in West Africa. The Dashiki is a shorter version of the kaftan and covers the top half of the body. There are both formal and informal versions but as I’m sure you’re aware we only stock the fun and funky informal version. The Dashiki varies from simple draped clothing to fully tailored suits. A common form and the one we sell is the loose-fitting pullover top, that has an ornate V-shaped collar, this can also have a tailored and include an embroidered neck and sleeve. The name dashiki is derived from the Hausa word ʼdan ciki, which simply means shirt.
When did the Dashiki first become popular in the west?
A man called Oba (which is the Yoruba word for king) Ofuntola Oseijeman Adelabu Adefunmi, who was actually born Walter Eugene in Detroit, Michigan, USA in 1928 is the man who was first believed to bring this fantastic African piece of clothing over to the west. At the age of 16 Walter became interested in African studies and so after spending some time studying the continent he made his way over there. When he was 20 he travelled to Haiti in order to be exposed to African religion from indigenous Africans, upon his return to the United States he started a manufacturing business that produced amongst other things the Dashiki top.
Our Dashiki tops are inspired by the West African designs and are handmade in Thailand offering many different colours. These lovely tops are perfect for festivals, around the home or on the beach, they are made from a good quality cotton material which means they are great for wearing in hotter climates and wash easily.
Well a better question would be why not? These tops are just perfect for men and women alike. They can be worn with a pair of jeans, harem trousers or shorts. They are so versatile and look so good at your favourite festival. We get many requests for this shirt and always make sure we have plenty of colours to chose from. I myself have a few of these as I find them great for using when on holiday.
Whatever your mood these Dashiki tops are sure to brighten your day. We hope you find the colour you are looking for and have a happy Dashiki day.