Dashiki

From The Dress Code
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Class Topwear
Type Dress shirt
Material Cotton
Length Unknown
Shape Unknown
Alias Unknown

The Dashiki is a pullover shirt that covers the upper body in a loose-fitting form. It usually has a V-shaped collar with an embroidered or tailored neckline and sleeves.

Origin

The name dashiki is from the Yoruba dàńṣíkí, a loanword from Hausa meaning 'shirt' or 'inner garment' (as compared to the outer garment, babban riga).

Adoption

The Dashikis are worn by both men and women in West Africa; in East Africa, the garment is called Kitenge. It has a been a staple topwear in Tanzania, and later, Kenya, as well as in Indonesia.

Variations

It has formal and informal versions and varies from simple draped clothing to fully tailored suits.

Combinations

It is frequently worn with a brimless Kufi cap (which is worn in Islamic communities in Africa and the African diaspora) and pants. It has been popularized and claimed by communities in the African diaspora, especially African Americans.