To Ghanaians, dashiki’s original name is Angelina. The print like all other classic African wax print traces its roots to Ghana, Nigeria and Togo. While it seems to be recent trend, the print has been around since the 19th century. Its name Angelina, is credited the highlife song “Angelina” by Ghanaian artists Sweet Talks & A.B. Crentsil. The print’s western revolution started in Harlem in 1967 where Jason Benning coined the name dashiki from the Yoruba word “danshiki” which simply means shirt. It was a way to still give ownership of the tunic print style to its African roots. Since then the vibrant print has given many cultural connection to their African roots and used as an empowerment symbol for and to encourage black excellence globally. This ball-gown dress is guaranteed to make you feel like an empire ruler that we believe we all are. It gives room for comfort featuring a flattery V-neck, lined, and zipped back. The best way to care for this or any other African clothing is to dry clean or hand wash in lukewarm water.
The pebble print is designed as an nsaasawa print, which means pieces of clothes pieced together more like a guilt or like Dolly Parton puts it, cloth of many colors. In the olden days, pieces were sewn together to keep kids warm, when going for childbirth and often worn by the poor who couldn’t afford full piece of cloth. As our African culture and generations revolutionized so has our way of living and thinking, the African textile industry have adopted printing different designs on the same fabric to serve as a style and as a reminder of how all our differences pieced together make us uniquely beautiful The fit-and-flare style flattering off shoulder style is meant to make you show some legs and shoulders.
The style is made to fit all body types. Stand out in the crowd with this sweetheart looking dress. The skater dress features a back zipper, sown in allowance and a lined wax print. The best way to care for this or any other African clothing is to dry clean or hand wash in lukewarm water.