A very important month for African's and African American's is quickly approaching. February, Black History Month. This is the time where we take time to learn about African and African American history, and embrace our culture more than ever before. One small piece to the huge puzzle is the history of the dashiki!
The dashiki was initially popularized by a man named, Ofuntola Osiejeman Adelabu Adefunmi, who was born with the name, Walter Eugene in the USA, in 1928. At the young age of 16, he became very interested in African Studies. At the age of 20, Adefunmi moved to Haiti, where he was exposed to more African culture. He soon returned to the United States and started a small African attire business, most known for the dashiki.
The dashiki was worn in the United States during the black cultural and political struggles of the 1960's. The dashiki stood as a symbol for, 'Black is Beautiful' and protested the disresepect experienced by African Americans, whiles tying them back to their roots. Furthermore, this African garment protested against the men's fashion at the time. They featured bright colors, instead of drab, they are loose, instead of tightly fitted and are worn outside your jeans or trousers, instead of tucked in. The dashiki was worn casually, and even on occasions where it replaced a suit and tie. During the 1967 Newark riots, on July 22nd, 1967, on Amsterdam News, George Barner refers to the new African Garmet as a "danshiki".
In celebration of Black History Month, we have reduced the price of our Premium Dashiki from $24.99 to $14.99, and the Wood Africa Chain from $12.99 to $9.99 permanently!
Founder & CEO of African Connection