R6138/5 Shirt; Dashiki

man's green dashiki shirt on a mannequin
Dashiki (Museum Accession Number R6138/5)

This dashiki, called kitenge in Kenya, belonged to Collecting Panel member Tony Kalume. Tony had it made in Malindi, Kilifi County, Kenya and wore it when he was feeling patriotic. Collected as part of the Fashioning Africa project. Tony says ‘the Dashiki Top is a favourite of mine as it denotes fertility with the green colourings. I wore it when we [Diversity Lewes] received a community award “Unsung Heroes” from the then Mayor of Lewes Independent Councillor Ruth O’Keeffe MBE at the Newhaven Fort.” 

Creator: Tony Kalume

Place: Malindi, Kenya, East Africa, Africa

Date: 1990

a man standing at an event wearing a green dashiki over black trousers
Tony Kalume wearing his dashiki top when receiving his ‘Unsung Heroes’ community award for Diversity Lewes, at Newhaven Fort.