“A scattered population with a common origin in a smaller geographic area. It can also refer to the movement of the population from its original homeland.” (Merriam Webster dictionary)
The African Diaspora is considered one of the largest in the world. While today it is largely a voluntary migration, it begun with the slave trade. Approximately four million Africans were transported to North America and the Caribbean Islands between the 16th and the 19th century. Removed from their native lands and separated from their families and communities, they were enslaved in a place where all familiar customs were absent.
The map to the right shows the movement from Africa.
However, regardless of how and why Africans migrated from their homelands, the African diaspora has become a story of how Africans have managed to retain their traditions and reform their identities in a new world. Some of the ways in which identities have been maintained is through music, dance and fashion.
Today, one of the ways in which people of the diaspora keep connected to their homelands is by incorporating African fabrics into their everyday clothes.
Browse through our pinterest album, An African Diaspora for more interesting pics!