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Africa inspires fashion that heralds heritage

By Helaine Williams

This article was published February 11, 2018 at 2:24 a.m.

At Little Rock boutique Desirene Afrik, ankara dresses await those who seek sartorial expression during Black History Month. Although the fabric is not new, ankara has exploded in recent years in the form of maxi skirts and dresses.

Dashikis, shown at Desirene Afrik in Little Rock, are still popular during Black History Month.

Jewelry pieces are popular among seekers of Black History Month attire at Harambee Market in North Little Rock.

Brenda Mitchell shows off one of the ankara skirts she sells as J. Mitchell's Hair & Boutique in Little Rock.

Brenda Mitchell shows off one of the ankara skirts she sells as J. Mitchell's Hair & Boutique in Little Rock.

Attention-getting ankara styles at Little Rock store Desirene Afrik include a wraparound, high-low skirt that can be worn with a matching pencil skirt...

A kente-print kufi (cap) and dashiki-print aprons await celebrants of Black History Month at Harambee Market, a North Little Rock mini mall run by ed...

February is Black History Month ... a month during which the contributions of Americans of African descent are celebrated as well as a month during which African-influenced fashions take center stage.

Dashikis, shown at Desirene Afrik in Little Rock, are still popular during Black History Month.

Jewelry pieces are popular among seekers of Black History Month attire at Harambee Market in North Little Rock.

Brenda Mitchell shows off one of the ankara skirts she sells as J. Mitchell's Hair & Boutique in Little Rock.

Brenda Mitchell shows off one of the ankara skirts she sells as J. Mitchell's Hair & Boutique in Little Rock.

Attention-getting ankara styles at Little Rock store Desirene Afrik include a wraparound, high-low skirt that can be worn with a matching pencil skirt...

A kente-print kufi (cap) and dashiki-print aprons await celebrants of Black History Month at Harambee Market, a North Little Rock mini mall run by ed...

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