Friday, May 28, 2021
Enjoy live music and shop directly from local artisans online with The Artist Vibe! This monthly virtual event, hosted by Tinesi Minikon, will feature one local performing artist and one local visual artist/artisan.
Anastasia Baah, Fashion Designer
AnnaTeiko Designs is a contemporary clothing line that fuses the eccentric pattern of West Africa with the contemporary flair of American culture. The line is known for its use of rich, vibrant fabrics and the highest level of hand-sewn quality. Anna aims to bring the rich and colorful regalia of the African culture into the western world by exposing this generation to comfortable and modernized African print at an affordable price.
She and her mother have been sewing together for over 30 years with the lasting theme of creating looks and timeless pieces that are not just for Africans in the diaspora, but for everyone who adores color and dresses to be unique and bold. Anna does this by using traditional African prints to create pieces that can be worn daily or for any occasion. Most pieces are hand-sewn right here in the USA, while others are made back home, in Ghana. Each custom piece designed in Ghana creates training and employment opportunities for at least fifteen young women in the country.
“I write my autobiography of resilience one day at a time. As an African immigrant, as a black man, as a gay man, I understand what it feels like to labor against a narrative that invalidates you. My spirituality, my music, and my cherished relationships compel me to live authentically. By doing so, I empower those who feel powerless; I lift others because I am standing on the shoulders of many. A native Liberian raised in Syracuse, New York, I identify with the varied iterations of blackness birthed from the African Diaspora. I’m influenced by what makes my soul dance, creating music because my higher power breathed music into me. I sing because God is!” – Tumo
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