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 (də-shē′kē) also dai·shi·ki (dī-)
n. pl. da·shi·kis
A loose, brightly colored, patterned tunic worn especially in West Africa.

[Yoruba dàńṣíkí, from Hausa dán cíkí.]


(dɑːˈʃiːkɪ) ,




(Clothing & Fashion) a large loose-fitting buttonless upper garment worn esp by Black people in the US, Africa, and the Caribbean
[C20: of W African origin]


(dəˈʃi ki, dɑ-)

also daishiki

n., pl. -kis.
a loose, often colorfully patterned pullover garment of African origin.
[1965–1970; < Yoruba dàńṣíkí < Hausa dán cíkí (with imploded d)]


A large, loose garment for the upper body, originally from Africa.
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Noun1.dashiki - a loose and brightly colored African shirt
shirt - a garment worn on the upper half of the body
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With our Afros, dashikis, bell-bottoms, and platform shoes, the Class of '71 exhibited a bit more style than today's students.
People all over the world were learning to eat jollof, injera and yassa, listening to Manu Dibango and Osibisa, reading Achebe and Armah, wearing dashikis, and spicing up their speech with a word or two of Kiswahili.
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Osa was a playwright, actor, story-teller and dancer who was a familiar and popular figure about town, always attracting attention whether he wore traditional robes, colourful dashikis (tunics), his trademark cap or a suit with bow tie.
Black is beautiful" Black people dressed in dashikis or in shirts with images of Africa emblazoned on them.
What is worse is that the inexorable movement of capital would push them to turn their politics into products, their global revolutionary sensibility into dashikis and other African-chic clothing, instead of revolution.
Disappointed by the lack of African designers represented in New York Fashion Week and unsatisfied with the stereotypical images of African fashion that persist within the global fashion industry, such as tribal prints, head wraps, kente cloths, and dashikis, Disu decided to launch her own showcase.
The dim, narrow lobby was crowded with bodies, mostly men in dashikis and pillbox hats, kofias, talking in clumps or navigating their way through the crowd.
Brighten the Corners was Pavement's fourth album, and while it has glorious hooks, quips about "men with dashikis and their leftist weeklies" and raises questions about what Malkmus means by a "leather terrarium" (if he means anything at all), by the time it came out in February of 1997, the generation of twenty-something people were starting to move on from Pavement.
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In this single phrase, Kimber dismisses the "rediscovery" of Africa by young African Canadians--as reflected in the adoption of Afro hairstyles and dashikis, and in some cases in the rejection of Euro-Christian names--and the inspiration they took from this enriched identity.