Ingaso collection is done in collabration with Fatou Wurie, a social justice advocate from Sierra Leone.
Fatou is most known for simply existing. Beyond thought leader, Sexual Gender Based Violence status disruptor, and being a mirror for the stories of anyone who has known survival— Fatou is known for her presence. To understand Fatou is to understand power— that true power is truth. Fatou lives in her truth, fights for the truth, and makes you want to speak truth to power. Why? Because what is most important to her is that everybody, every single black and brown, old and young, rich and poor, fat and slim, non-binary person is seen. Fatou believes that when we are truly seen for who we are— and loved for it— that is true power. Because that is when everybody is free to shine in their truest and brightest light.
This comes from her own personal story. She was born in a second city in Sierra Leone, where most don’t live past age 2.
“Ingaso is inspired by my dear friend Lorraine. Her middle name is Ingosa, meaning the break of dawn. She is bi-racial with a global experience. She thrives in the third space of multiplicity, a space I know all too well. As women, especially black and woman, nurtured by the global community I understand the intersectionality of oppression as well as the intersectionality of opportunity, of hope, of a new way. This jewelry line was inspired by those sentiments. A bridging of ideas, a collision of identities and approaches to life, and a celebration of you. Thank you for purchasing a piece or two…. I hope you feel the joy, the resilience, the opportunity and the hope it comes from. I hope you know, intimately, your strength at every break of dawn”