Activist artist and designer of wearable art, Januwa Moja (shown below with her models), returned to Havana, Cuba this summer for another successful fashion show. The event was held at Casa de Africa in Havana Vieja (Old Havana), on July 31, a date that is celebrated internationally as “The Day of the African Woman.”
For a brief review of the show and a slide presentation of some of Moja’s brilliant designs, check out this story in OnCuba Magazine.
Moja talks about her travels to Cuba in this video from 2012:
Moja shares a variety of combs collected from West Africa and discusses their symbolic significance.
In this video interview recorded for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in 2013, 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.
Be sure to click on the following link to view another video featuring Januwa Moja on the wearable art of regalia also from the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.