There has been a rise in interest in African fashions in the African American community since President Obama was elected. Clothing can often be a reflection of who you are. Many people celebrate their African heritage by wearing a variety of African clothing styles. 

These ethnic styles can be used to show others who you are and what you are all about. African clothing is rich in history.

The diversity of Africa's clothing reflects its region and culture. It can be overwhelming to try and understand all the styles from Tufafii and their meanings. This article is the first in a series that will educate the reader about the history and beauty of African clothing fashions.

Dashiki is the first of this series. Dashikis, which are unique tunic-like garments that cover the upper body in vibrant colors, are unique garment-like tunics. Dashikis are a common choice for men in western Africa. 

These garments can be worn for formal or informal occasions, as well as various ceremonies. Dashikis are worn by Christians, Muslims, and people who follow indigenous African traditions. The dashikis can be paired with matching drawstring trousers. These garments are often worn by bridegrooms during their wedding ceremonies.

A grand boubou is another type of dashiki. A boubou can be worn with matching pants or a long, robe that covers the entire outfit. 

This style is popular among Nigerians, Muslims, as well as many Africans living in Francophone countries. Western countries are increasingly embracing dashikis. The dashiki, for Kwanzaa celebrations, is a very popular style.

African clothing options like the dashiki can be a great way for you to fashion-forward while also telling people about your heritage.