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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dashiki - a loose and brightly colored African shirt
shirt - a garment worn on the upper half of the body
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The first one in the Express, February 1, featured African Trinidadian men with Afros and Dashikis; this was followed on February 3 with two men with Afros, one in dark glasses, and a Dashiki, both wearing striped pants.
Coming of age in the 1940s, John cannot wear a dashiki, grow his hair out naturally into an "afro," celebrate the winter festival of Kwanza, or travel to Ghana as Marion, Avey's youngest daughter in Paule Marshall's Praisesong for the Widow, does three decades later in the 1970s.
Pruitt and Early were riding high when they staged their big "black experience" event at Leo Castelli in 1992, with authentic Black Power posters, dashiki cloth, and tapes of soul music they picked up in Harlem.
a guy in a kufi and dashiki once threw a giant trash bag full of glass at the back of my head after i refused to let him sit down with me at an outdoor cafe
But if the audience--still Afro wearers, a dashiki or two--admired her, there was one nineteen-year-old, everyday, hood-style aspiring writer sitting in the front row who was positive that he adored her the most.
I don't wear dreadlocks, was not even seeking service, wore reasonably decent dashiki, so somebody saw dreadlocks and what images they conjured up in the head, where there were none.
The textile patterns for their 200-thread count bedsheets and cotton-polyester blend accessories are influenced by the embroidered dashiki robes worn by the Swahili of East Africa, the tribal mud cloths of Mali in West Africa and the mola panels of the Cuna Indians of Panama.
Soon, he was trading in his dashiki for a suit, winning election to the school board and then the city council.
In describing Mabel as wearing a "Western dress" and having "straightened" hair, the New York Times writer implied that presumably because she did not sport an Afro and dashiki and supposedly did not look like Kathleen Cleaver, Angela Davis, Assata Shakur, Queen Mother Moore, or the rank-and-file female members of the Black Panther Party or Maulana Karenga's US, Williams was somehow not "militant.
Lee sporting a thick Afro and dashiki, recalls the righteous exhortations of his first books of poetry, Think Black and Black Pride.
Since Harris and Junior Baby believe division in the African American community, internal prejudice, to be just as dangerous as external oppression, Junior Baby sings of embracing homosexual brothers, sisters who straighten their hair, sisters who braid theirs, and multi-cultured men like himself who express themselves in the styles of their multiple heritages (Junior Baby describes putting his silk suit next to his dashiki and his blue suede wingtips next to his Ashanti sandals and loving hip hop, James Brown, Chaka Khan, and Rufus).