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2013 Festival Video - The Will To Adorn

The Will to Adorn: Introducing Januwa Moja

For forty years, Januwa Moja has created wearable art in celebration of the African diaspora. In this video, Moja discussesRead More


The Dixie Cups and The Jewels: On Moms and Hair

Both the Dixie Cups of New Orleans and The Jewels of Washington, D.C., began singing in the early 1960s. As partRead More


The Will to Adorn Program Introduction

Curator Diana Baird N’Diaye introduces the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival program The Will to Adorn.


Januwa Moja on the wearable art of regalia

Januwa Moja is an artist and designer who celebrates the African Diaspora through the creation of wearable art. Moja refersRead More


Brenda Winstead’s joyful quest for West African textiles

Clothing designer Brenda Winstead collaborates with West African artisans—incorporating traditional hand-woven and hand-dyed fabrics to create contemporary garments. In thisRead More


Januwa Moja discusses symbolism of West African combs

Januwa Moja celebrates the African diaspora through her work as an artist and designer. In this video, Moja shares aRead More


Will to Adorn presents Muslim fashion show

Designer Lubna Muhammad creates clothing fashions for Muslim women. She presented examples of her work at the Will to AdornRead More


The Most Powerful Poem You Have Ever Met: Alexis Gumbs at the 2013 Folklife Festival Closing Ceremony

Alexis Gumbs, a textile artist, political advocate, and presenter at the Will to Adorn program, reads a poem at theRead More


A History of Urban Dance: Urban Artistry Performance

The performances of Urban Artistry, an international collective of artists and dancers, reveal how street culture aligns music and danceRead More


Faith and Fashion: Anthony Gaskins’ Hat Revival

Milliner Anthony Gaskins discussed the history of hats in the African American community and also displayed some of his workRead More