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. Made from the famous dashiki print, it is high waist, medi length, backed zipper and cut out back. The perfect projection of confidence and mystery and class can be worn with solid color top. Wear with peep toe heels or pumps for work. Tuck in shirts for a perfect work look, untuck shirt or pair with a crop top or any top for casual style. The color allows to pair this with bright and settled colored blazers. Be fame fatale! For best care, only dry clean or hand wash in lukewarm water.
Kente is a royal print, worn with pride as a royal is to feel. The woven Kente is hand woven from silk and cotton. This unique African fabric follows that trend of how spiders build their web. To make kente affordable, there is now Kente fabric which can be worn more often than the woven. Kente prints are worn during sentimental occasions and even during casual outings.
This Adepa essential is lightweight and guaranteed to be added to your go-to favorites in your closet. It comes in a round and v-neck and features an embroidered in Kente design around the neck, arm and on the lower left corner. The back features a “gye nyame” kente embroidered in adinkra sign. Comes in solid blue and white colors. The best way to care for this or any other African clothing is to dry clean or hand wash in lukewarm water.