A dashiki is a colourful, loose-fitting traditional shirt and tunic that can be styled from casual to formal, and comes in many styles and colours. Nearly half a century since it made its debut in the United States, the dashiki is making a comeback as a fashion statement of identity and expression among Africans and black Americans around the world. Here we take a look at the best places to buy traditional dashikis in Abuja, Nigeria.
Jumia is the most reputable online store in Nigeria, bridging the trading gap between buyers and sellers. Started in Lagos, the company has a presence across 23 African countries. You can browse through their varieties of dashiki, and either have your selection delivered to your doorstep or schedule to collect from the pick up point of your choice, within 3-5 working days.
For fashionistas who don’t have time to go shopping for dashikis at the local market, the Konga online store is an easy bet and a hub for fashion lovers where you can find a range of different colours and styles of dashiki clothing and fashion pieces. The time frame for delivery is 3-5 working days, and your purchases can also be delivered to your doorstep or collected from the nearest pick up station
This is without doubt the major and most popular market in Abuja, and is located in Zone 5 of Wuse district. You can find almost anything here, including a selection of dashikis. Unlike the online stores where you can easily find what you want at a fixed price, you’ll have to search round the market a bit and negotiate prices with sellers.
The Mama Africa Art and Craft Market is a semi-local village, perfect to shop for indigenous arts and crafts from a wide range of local artists at very affordable prices. You’ll find dashikis hung up at the entrance of almost every shop you walk into, alongside dashiki patterned bags, purses, hats, and jewellery among other items.
The Trendelo trade fair takes place on the first Saturday of every month in Abuja. It provides an opportunity for buyers and sellers to network and negotiate great deals. At the fair, buyers take advantage of massive discounts and bargains on all items sold, while sellers grow and expand their customer base, as well as sell off their goods. Getting a good bargain on dashikis here is a dead cert.
Just like every other market in Abuja, the Utako market creates an atmosphere where buyers and sellers can trade in virtually everything. Here you’ll find a variety of dashikis in various colours, sizes and styles
Shop and Play is a fashion and lifestyle retail outfit that stocks local and international brands from renowned designers. This walk-in store offers a classy experience when shopping for your favorite dashiki designs.
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