Founder and Creative Director of Idia’Dega: elegant ethical apparel.
Idia’Dega is a global eco-design collaboration of women artisans from around the world. Incorporating Indigenous adornment and traditional textile arts in sustainable design.
Tereneh graduated as a Top 10 Graduating Senior from Drexel University LeBow College of Business. As a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar she received her MSci in Fashion Design from Kenyatta University. She began her career in fashion as an educator including teaching at taught at Parsons - The New School for Design in New York City and as Visiting Scholar on global fashion at Yale - National University of Singapore.
Paris 2014, the Idia’Dega global eco-design collaboration launched with OMWA: Olorgesailie Maasai Women Artisans of Kenya. In 2016 the collaboration expanded to include The Beading Wolves, of the Oneida Indian Nation. They have presented their work in Paris, New York City, Copenhagen, Nairobi and Pittsburgh. Their work can be seen at: the small mall, love-Pittsburgh, The Mattress Factory Shop and Carnegie International 2018 Commodity Object?Object! at the Carnegie Museum of Art Design Shop.
Tereneh speaks and conducts workshops on issues of sustainability, fashion, adornment, appropriation, global design and creativity highlights of her work including: Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History; Africa Energy Forum - Copenhagen, Denmark; Yale-National University of Singapore; The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, FiberArts Guild; and the Society of Contemporary Crafts. She is a special contributing columnist to the Pittsburgh City Paper on social, cultural, political, style and design.
H O N O R S
Tereneh is a 2018 Artisan Leader selected to attend the inaugural Nest<>Hermès Convening on American Craft in New York City.
The 2019 Designer of the Year Style Week Pittsburgh
She is the 2016 Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Emerging Artist awarded by The Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation.
Idia means Queen Mother, specifically one Benin Queen Mother who was an adviser and military general during her son's reign as king. The saying goes, "No women go into battle, except Idia."
'Dega is short for Diondega the Seneca Native American name for the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Tereneh's hometown. Dega also means Truth in Wolof.
Tereneh in Olorgesailie, Kenya with OMWA elders: Tale Leah, Sien, Mpuyuk and Rimas Maria. Below: at the Oneida Indian Nation with Holly Gibson and Mary Cook of the Beading Wolves.