I participated in the Smithsonian Folklife Festival earlier this summer. I went not only as a participating leather artist from Niger, but to also represent my foundation, ONG DIMA.
I must say, this was the most wonderful two weeks that I have experienced in a long time! I met many wonderful people during my time in Washington, DC.
I participated in workshops to demonstrate the traditional leather work of Niger. I also held a workshop for children so they could experience hand painting leather. Each child was given a piece of natural leather that was tanned in Niamey. A magnet was placed on the back of that piece of weather so they could take their project home as a keepsake!
Thank you so much to the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage for this amazing opportunity!