Hello my Queens,
February has arrived, and it’s also Black History Month! So let’s start with a bit of history. Did you know that the Dashiki print played an important role in our history? According to Roger Gerards, the creative director at Vlisco, a large production company and Dutch wax fabric distributor, this fabric is linked to the reflection on African identity during the wave of independence, as well as the confirmation of African American identity in the 1970s. It is also a symbol of protest for African American movements. You’ve guessed it, the Dashiki, also called Angelina, Miriam Makeba, Addis Ababa and recently Ya Mado is in the spotlight today!
I’m showcasing one of my favorite dresses. It’s a Dashiki print bustier dress made by a very talented young woman named Jolene Paris. When I explained the style to her, she said: “Gracia, it’s perfect!” The only challenge is to handle the patterns of the fabric with plenty of care and consideration from the moment we start cutting because we need to pay attention to their position on the dress omce it has been assembled. The dress is simple, which is perfect because even with such bold prints on the fabric, the outfit does not look overloaded.
The length of the dress goes up to the height of the calves, it is close to the body and the bustier is in a straight line. It takes the curves even though it is not too tight. The Dashiki motif is found all along the dress, in the middle as it is intended to be highlighted and gives a symmetrical appearance to the outfit as well as to the silhouette. The bottom of the dress is made of ruffle. On the small steering wheel one tried to respect the motives so that they aligned themselves with the upper part of the dress.
What do you think?
I tell you soon and take care of you my queens!