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May 14, 2013

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 discusses her experiences growing up in Civil Rights-era Baltimore, and the insights that both led her to become a designer and influenced her art.
You can meet Januwa Moja this summer at the Festival program The Will to Adorn: AFrican American Diversity, Style, and Identity.
Comments
  • Noelle Lorraine Williams

    Great – beautiful video. Look forward to the festival!

    • http://folk1a.si.edu Smithsonian Folklife Festival

      Thank you! We think it’s beautiful, too. We will continue to post videos profiling some of the fabulous artists who will be participating in this year’s Festival.

  • sharon isern

    I relate to Januwa’s “coming of awareness” during the fight for equal rights. The difference is that I am white….and we faced a coming of awareness as well. I never met or dined with a Black person until I was in college. Today, African art is my favorite, and I have special appreciation of the beadwork since I do beadwork myself.

  • Lubna Muhammad

    I’m pleased to hear Januwa’s story of her Sojourn to this Majical,Inspirational place her Artistry invites us to.I remember in the early 1990′s when I first saw her work in a Fashion Show we were both presenting in,My heart leaped with joy and excitement to be so stimulated by a sister Artisan.I still have the beautiful post card she gave me,I look at it from time to time and Smile.