African Print Shift Dress. The Afia Shift dress is made from a gorgeous printed cotton fabric fashioned with a V neck and short sleeves. This easy pull over style is a must for your spring wardrobe. Ankara | Dutch wax | Kente | Kitenge | Dashiki | African print dress | African fashion | African women dresses | African prints | Nigerian style | Ghanaian fashion | Senegal fashion | Kenya fashion | Nigerian fashion | Ankara crop top (affiliate)
In the 1770s and 1780s printed cotton fabrics began to replace silk in popularity for women’s gowns. The material of this gown has a dotted ground and is printed in a repeating pattern of floral sprays. The gown has a fitted back and open front below the waist, revealing a petticoat of the same fabric. The lack of decoration and use of cotton instead of silk indicates that this gown was probably worn during summer afternoons for card games and tea parties, rather than for evening dress.