New Design Collaboration Links Indigenous Artisans in Africa and America.

Idia Dega

Over the past two years, Tereneh Mosley has worked closely with the OMWA Olorgesailie Maasai Women Artisans of Kenya to create the eco-conscious fashion label Idia’Dega.

Now Mosley, a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania based educator and designer, hopes to bring the creative and environmentally-conscious endeavor full circle by connecting artisans in Kenya with artisans from the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) community in America. This bold new project is a positive step forward in the ongoing globalization of art and fashion.

“Idia’Dega was built with this partnership in mind,” Tereneh states. “Idia is the name of Benin warrior queen and ‘Dega is short for Diondega the Seneca (Haudenosaunee) name for Pittsburgh. When we talk about sustain+ability we have to include Indigenous people and culture – despite everything Indigenous communities are doing amazing work and are important innovators of past, present and future.”

Tereneh is currently in the process of raising funds for this amazing project. Support her and Idia’Dega on Indiegogo.