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.
  • Noelle Lorraine Williams

    Great – beautiful video. Look forward to the festival!

    • 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.