Primarily popular in Northern Nigeria, the Kaftan is a long loose tunic that stretches below the knees and in some cases, reaches the ankles. This dress type, like the Agbada mentioned above, is also sewn in Nigeria with a matching trouser and in most instances, is simply made, using only Ankara as primary material for both the robe and full length trouser.
This is one of the most notorious native attires that has on a recurrent basis, been sewn with the Ankara fabric. The Dashiki is sewn and designed like the Agbada mentioned above. However, the primary difference is its length (which never flows beyond the thighs), the fact that it has no ‘overflow’ that goes on the shoulders and importantly and the reality it comes designed with two prominent pockets in front of it (instead of at the sides).
The Dashiki is primarily designed and sewn with a matching full length trouser though some designs, at the moment, simply make do with a pair of shorts.
Here too, the Dashiki avails its many designs to tailors and designers with the most popular being using Ankara for the whole Dashiki attire or in the alternative, using some ‘patches’ of Ankara fabric to design the finished design and make it more ‘African
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