How the Angelina print got its name

The traditional print goes by many names but in Congo and Ghana it is most commonly referred to as the Angelina print. The Angelina cloth was named when the increasing popularity of the print coincided with the release of the hit song “Angelina” by the Ghanaian highlife group The Sweet Talks.

The print has also been called Addis Ababa print, Miriam Makeba print, Mashallah print, or "Dashiki Print".

Why does it have so many names?

The textile company that distributes its fabrics all over Central and Western Africa, Vlisco, allows the buyer of the product to name the fabric they buy. Miriam Makeba, Masallah, and Addis Ababa, were some of the first people to appreciate this particular pattern and purchase it for themselves.

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