Queen Ahneva Ahneva
FOUNDER OF THE AFRICAN TEXTILE MUSEUM
Considered one of the most sought-after cultural fashion designers, AHNEVA AHNEVA has
significantly impacted the worldview of the cultural connection between the art and science of
design and its origins in Africa.
Her knowledge of indigenous world fabrics, of weaving and beading techniques makes her an
imminent authority in the field. The majority of the indigenous fabrics she sources are
biodegradable and sustainable, that do not harm the environment or are highly “eco-friendly.”
Ahneva is often referred to as a “textile griot.”
Unlike many other fashion designers who procure fabrics from intermediary brokers or use
prints of original woven cloths, Ahneva goes directly to local African and Asian villages to meet
and study with weavers and beaders who have perfected their arts as passed down for
centuries and who appreciate that one of their daughters seeks them out to continue the
legacy of their textile traditions. From Kente and Mud cloth to the glorious hand-woven silks
from Malaysia and Thailand, Ahneva knows where to find these select fabrics and how to form
them into exquisite Wearable Art garments. She has developed her our own design and
tailoring processes for creating one-of-a-kind concepts that are unlike anything else on the
Ahneva’s celebrity clientele (including Chris Tucker, Bill Clinton, Angela Bassett, and many
international artists, politicians, and dignitaries) know that when they want to “represent’ the
go-to designer is Ahneva Ahneva. With over 30 years of experience studying, crafting,
designing, and using fabrics from weavers in Africa and Asia, Ahneva creates garments
considered “Wearable Art.” Once you wear one of her designs, you feel crowned in the glory of
rich cultural history.
Queen Ahneva Ahneva possesses the ingenuity and beauty of African culture in her spirit. Her
desire to promote Africa and its people is undying. When Nelson Mandela was released from
prison, she was there with U.S. Senator Diane E. Watson as Special Events Coordinator to
organize the American segment of his world tour. As a show of love, Ahneva designed a crown*
(using South African flag colors) for Winnie Mandela.
Ahneva’s Cultural Couture African Design company won the bid to design the 1984, Nigerian
Olympics Delegation uniforms. Ahneva created all of the traditional wear of the Nigerian
Olympics delegation also.
The Los Angeles Times newspaper cited her as being “a professor of African textiles.”
THE FOUNDER OF THE AFRICAN TEXTILE MUSEUM
Ahneva has trained hundreds of students in fashion design in Africa and America. She is
currently building an academy for textiles in Ghana West Africa.
The journey she began as a designer and teacher has inevitably led her to become the Founder
of the AFRICAN TEXTILE MUSEUM. This is the greatest expression of gratitude Ahneva could
give to the people of the African continent and the Diaspora that have afforded her so many
achievements in the Fashion and Design space. The African Textile Museum celebrates each
woven thread, dye, and bead our ancestors so intricately created and that we must now
preserve and pass on to generations to come.
Ahneva recognizes the inherent value of promoting and protecting these textile treasures
through exhibits and installations. At the African Textile Museum, she has established a
splendid showcase where visitors can experience first-hand the richness of their culture
through textiles from several African nations. Through interactive workshops and artist-
residence experiences, Ahneva is creating a practical pathway for the next generation of textile
creatives to learn the origins and importance of these classic arts.
Ahneva is an award-winning African couture designer and promoter with over 100 awards
crowding her shelves and walls. She was recently recognized in Los Angeles, California as the
Entrepreneur of the Year 2023.
Ahneva is honored to have had a day named for her in Washington, DC by Mayor Marion Barry
and a day in Brooklyn, New York by Mayor Howard Golden. Likewise, Ahneva received her day
in Stonecrest Georgia in along with The African Textile Museum Day by the Mayor of Stone
Crest, Georgia in 2022.
Ahneva continues to be recognized as a leader in the African Textile and Design space, currently
nominated to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from President Biden organized by the
African Caribbean Faith Base Leadership Conference in 2023 Washington
Queen Ahneva Ahneva
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