You’ve now found the staple rastafari t shirt of your wardrobe. It’s made of 100% ring-spun cotton and is soft and comfy. The double stitching on the neckline and sleeves add more durability to what is sure to be a favorite!
• 100% ring-spun cotton
• Sport Grey is 90% ring-spun cotton, 10% polyester
• Dark Heather is 65% polyester, 35% cotton
• 4.5 oz/yd² (153 g/m²)
• Shoulder-to-shoulder taping
• Quarter-turned to avoid crease down the center
• Blank product sourced from Bangladesh, Honduras, Haiti, Mexico, or Nicaragua
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1. Rastafari Movement
The rastafari movement was founded around 1930’s Jamaica, the birthplace of Bob Marley. The movement started with Marcus Garvey, who was inspired by Ethiopian culture. After his return to America, he became interested in African-American history and religion, and believed that these influences could be combined with his own religious beliefs.
2. Roots Of The Movement
He then began preaching about black pride and economic independence, using the term ‘Africa’ instead of Black. He soon gained followers, including many poor blacks, and called them the ‘Roots’. At its height in the mid 1940’s, the movement had over 50,000 members and thousands of supporters across the country. In 1945, Garvey returned to Jamaica where he died in 1981. His son, Clement, continued the work of the movement until 1989.
3. Philosophy & Beliefs
Garvey believed that Africa was the cradle of mankind and that all people were descendants of the original Africans. He believed that the whites were descendants of Jews who had migrated from Egypt. He preached that people should take responsibility for their actions and believe in themselves, not in any white figure or institution. He also believed that God is present among all people, regardless of race.
4. Religious Practices
In order to connect to God, Garvey and the Rasta developed a unique faith ritual known as “dreadlocks”, which symbolized reggae music and the connection between the two. Dreadlocks have become synonymous with the movement, and since then, anyone participating in the movement often grows their hair long. Many musicians now incorporate dreadlocks into their image, and even some famous celebrities have been seen rocking dreadlocks. In addition to dreadlocks, Rasta also practice circumcision, no smoking, and vegetarianism.
One of the strongest symbols of the movement is the Rasta T-shirt. The first design dates back to 1958, when a group of men gathered at a barbershop in Kingston, Jamaica. Since then, they’ve created numerous designs and slogans in honor of the movement. One of the earliest designs was the logo of the movement, which was designed to resemble a tree. A man would sit under a tree and smoke his ganja. Over time, the Rasta T-shirts evolved into a statement of personal freedom and revolution. Today, Rasta T-shirts are worn all over the world, and the movement has grown greatly.
6. Cultural Impact
Since the 1970’s, the movement has spread internationally. As of 1990, there were over 500,000 Rasta’s in 70 countries. Most of those live outside of Jamaica. The movement has influenced various cultures and continues to influence today’s youth.
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