From Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage & the Library of Congress:
What is African American about African American dress?
“The will to adorn is the second most notable characteristic in Negro expression. Perhaps his idea of ornament does not attempt to meet conventional standards, but it satisfies the soul of its creator.”—Zora Neal Hurston
: View Diana N’Diaye shares stories, observations, and insights from “The Will to Adorn,” a community-centered research and public presentation project, which explores and examines the diversity of African American cultural identities as expressed through traditional arts of the body, dress, and adornment.