How DashikiDresses.com Was Conceived in 2015…
During a 6-month long excursion throughout West Africa, I become inspired by “Marché Sandaga” (endless sprawl of street stalls where you can buy just about anything; you’ll find tapestries, wood carvings, Dashiki/Ankara fabric etc.) throughout the region. In Dakar, Senegal I approached one of the seamstress and asked if she could create some unique and custom dresses and skirts for some family members and friends back in the States; with a smile that can light up a room, she responded “of course my friend, I’ve been making dashiki print clothes by hand since I was a little girl! Look at me now, I’m 38 years old.”
After showing me some gorgeous dresses she made with high quality dashiki print fabrics, she warned about the scammers in the market selling dashiki products made with low quality fabric manufactured in China. My products, she proud proclaimed, are made right here in Senegal with authentic and high quality fabrics by “real” Senegalese. After tested the market for a few weeks, I found out she was right…her products are real, high quality and authentic West African dashiki/Ankara fabrics (100% cotton!) and there are people out there selling fake ones and claiming they are real!
Then it hit me. I can team up with this woman and together we can create dashiki print designs that fuse comfort and styles with high quality cotton, silk and lace fabrics for women in the States (particularly black/African-American women). I’ve always had an eye for fashion and fascinated by Africa’s Fashion Week. A month later, DashikiDresses.com was born!
In just 3 months, we’ve extended our production to Ghana, Ivory Coast, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa; all part of the vision to expand across the African continent so as to bring more of the beauty of African manufactured products to the fore.
All of our dashiki and Ankara clothing products (dresses, skirts, tops, shirts, jumpsuits, jackets & coats, pants, Dashiki/Ankara/Kente swimwear/bikini) are Made-to-Order/Made-to-Order. In order words, they are made to fit your body and curves; no more wondering is this dress going to fit me! We only create custom made dresses. You have to pre-order your dress, skirt, jumpsuit or pants from the examples we have in the store; send us your complete measurements (can be done at most clothing or fitting stores) with any other requirements, then we start making your product.
We understand that everyone is unique, so we only make clothes that are custom made just for you! If a product is available for immediate shipment, it will be marked as such. Most of the listed products, other than clothing products (dresses, skirts, jumpsuits, pants, tops etc) are made-to-order. Meaning you can order and your product will be at your door steps within 3-5 days, depending on your shipping selection.
Have your own style and design ideas? We’ll create them too! Contact Us for more info.
NOTE: Most of our products are intricately made by hands, a single order can take between 3-4 weeks OR 7-14 days to complete (options available at checkout). We, however, have some ready-to-order products. Our designers will try their hardest to shorten the time, but we can’t give any guarantee. Good and high quality products made by hands takes time and we honor you for your patience. You will be please with the results.
When you purchase an item from our story, you’re not only promoting your ancestors’ homeland; but supporting African women throughout West Africa in their struggle for economic opportunity and equality.
Your satisfaction is our guarantee.
Our processing center is located in Atlanta, Georgia. However, all the products are handmade in West Africa.
Mathieu Louis, Owner
Proudly Owned By: Global Reach, LLC