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[Pics] The ‘KenteKini’ and ‘DashiKini’ are Bikinis Made from African-Inspired Fabrics

Avatar • May 2, 2016

Kente cloth and dashikis have been mainstays in Black American closets for decades. But a new generation of designers are taking things to the next level, introducing innovative ways to incorporate African pride into American dress. Enter the ‘kentekini’ and ‘dashikini’.
Swimwear company Red Star Collective, created by LA-based Nigerian-American designer Dunnie Onasanya, her husband Ibrahim Hasan and lead designer, her mother-in-law “Red” introduced the concept to their audience via a stunning photoshoot.


Ladies, what do you think of the kentekini and dashikini?
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ebaiden
ebaiden
4 years ago

God bless this world!

Skeewee
Skeewee
4 years ago

These are so creative, and absolutely beautiful! How can I get one???

BlueCornMoon
BlueCornMoon
4 years ago

There is not ONE of those suits that I’d wear or encourage my young nieces to wear. My family members & friends are old school and do not believe women should expose that much skin in front of the world or put their bodies on display to please others. It tends to attract the wrong kind of men. Especially black women because too many times we have been seen as tramps by the media & society. Big butts & no morals. We are MODEST women, something that seems to have gone out of style in today’s world. We would WELCOME… Read more »

Ocean
Ocean
4 years ago
Reply to  BlueCornMoon

I respect all opinions, however I want to point out that modesty is subjective. All cultures and societies don’t necessarily view showing skin or even full nudity as sexual. Baggy t‑shirts and knee legnth shorts are modest in most places in the U.S., but probably not considered modest and moral in a place where women are expected by men to only show their faces.

coolflexa .
coolflexa .
4 years ago
Reply to  BlueCornMoon

They are beautiful pieces and ABSOLUTELY STUNNING women but I do agree that bikinis are too revealing for all women, not just black women.

Have to say that I found the picture of the lady covered in oil really distasteful. I feel like the object of that picture was more about presenting the model as a sexual object rather than showcasing the clothing.

Reece Wynter
Reece Wynter
4 years ago

sexy

IdiotDrool
IdiotDrool
4 years ago

Love this !

Mom_of_IV
Mom_of_IV
4 years ago

WOW! beautiful!

Ocean
Ocean
4 years ago

I like them 🙂

SimpleTruth27
SimpleTruth27
4 years ago

Who is the middle girl in the first pic? She is the finest.

Nu-nu
Nu-nu
4 years ago

Can someone please tell me how I can get one?

Vanessa Brown
Vanessa Brown
4 years ago
Reply to  Nu-nu

I’vs been trying to look online but I can’t find the site anywhere and I would really love to purchase one

BeastOfNoNation
BeastOfNoNation
4 years ago

How is it cultural appropriation? A Nigerian designer made them

Felina Femenina
Felina Femenina
4 years ago

I love the way gold tones like the ones in this swimwear look against our brown skin.

I tend to be more modest in public places than these allow for, but I’d consider the swimwear in the second and forth photos if out swimming with my husband. (I don’t like being hassled or accosted.)

silly little thumb
silly little thumb
4 years ago

Cultural appropriation at its finest.

Sherrie Chapman
2 years ago

Where is the one piece swimsuit?

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