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Written By : General Editor. It might be odd for some but Rastafarian fashion trend is the in thing in the local fashion market right now. Young people are opting to wear Rastafarian coloured pompoms, skirts and dresses, and the traditional Bob Marley sulu.
Rastafarian fashion can be viewed as anything moderate red, green, gold and far cry from the typical view of sexy.
Some women have worn the colours without actually knowing the true meaning of being a Rastafarian woman.
The Jamaican Gleaner published that a Rastafarian woman is “a queen and must keep different standards from that the women in “Babylonial’ society or western cultures.
These standards include no makeup, no dressing is minnies and their hair should be maintained in the most natural form.
However, over the years, Rasta fashion has become synonymous with worldwide fashion.
In 2004, international designer, John Galliano, added red, green and gold-striped items to his fall Dior collection.
Prada’s spring 2005 show was a parade of Rasta-striped knits and crocheted hats.
American pop star Gwen Stefani is noted for wearing the colours and the Rasta theme and incorporates them into her clothing line – L.A.M.B.
However, it has been noted that Rastafarian entertainers set the standard for Rasta fashion.
More than two decades ago it was the trio of Rita Marley, Marcia Griffiths and Judy Mowatt who first put the Rastafarian woman in the limelight globally.
They travelled the world as back-up singers for Bob Marley and later singers in their right as the I-Threes.
Often co-ordinated, they represented the Rasta and Jamaican colours and images.
They were also often modestly dressed with head wraps and long skirts.
In the local scenes, shops that are selling Rastafarian fashion products have seen a boom in the sale of their handbands, hats. Rasta coloured scarves have also become one of the top fashion accessories for rasta fashion fans.