Today is the first day of Kwanzaa and Dashiki LA is excited to celebrate with our family and community. Kwanzaa is a seven day celebration with seven principles at the center of the celebration.The 7 Kwanzaa Principles
Umoja or Unity: To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race.
Kujichagulia or Self-Determination: To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves.
Ujima or Collective Work and Responsibility: To build and maintain our community together and make our brother’s and sister’s problems our problems and to solve them together.
Ujamaa or Cooperative Economics: To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together.
Nia or Purpose: To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
Kuumba or Creativity: To do always as much as we can, in any way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
Imani or Faith: To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness will victory of our struggle
@Dashiki_LA Instagram has received a lot of comments about the history of the dashiki this has inspired us to inform our community about the origins of the dashiki. The Dashiki has West African Origin the word “Danshiki” is taken from the West African Yoruba refers to a short, sleeveless tunic worn by men. Hausa danciki which means” underneath” referring to the short tunic worn by males under larger robes. In Mali Similar Tunics have been found dated back to the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. The Danciki is still worn in West Africa today.
The Dashiki’s American History
In the 1960the dashiki represented a movement. The Dashiki was mainly brought into America by Travelers and Peace corps Volunteers in West Africa .During the civil rights movement of the 1960,Afocentric Fashion Quickly gained popularity. The dashiki first started selling in 1967 from a two-room store in Harlem. Ofuntola Oseijeman Adelabu Adefunmi who was born as Walter Eugene in Detroit Michigan opened a small scale Manufacturing business in the United States producing Afican Attire the most notably was the Dashiki. The Dashiki representing Black culture and became an expression of black identity cultural struggles, and nationalism. In 2015 we are facing the same struggles and need to maintain our black identity. The Dashiki is still a symbol that represents the black cultural movement of today.
Happy Dashiki Day
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