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Profile of Awa Conateh: Gambian female designer

Aug 16, 2013, 11:25 AM | Article By: Njie Baldeh

Awa Conateh is a professional fashion designer and interior decorator that focuses more on Contemporary African Art.

“My main goal is to expand my products globally and raise The Gambian flag to another level in the fashion design and art world,”she said.


“Interior Decor, fashion and event coordinating are my specialities. With a Global outlook that has a contemporary twist, Yaws is my brand and my slogan ‘freshly creative inside’ says it all.”

Awa Conateh’s Experience


Young Jollof Designs

August 2010 – Present (3 years 1 month) The Gambia.

Co-founded a group of young designers who have the passion for fashion, promoting the fashion and art that we have, coordinating fashion events and parties, developing strategies as to how to grow our market, are some of the things I am involved in,” says Awa Conateh.

Creative Director

Yaws Fashion House

July 2007 – Present (6 years 2 months) Tranquil, Brusubi Highway.

Create Unisex fashion clothing for both young and old but more of promoting Contemporary African wear into mainstreams, Afroeurocentric hip styles.

“We also do accessories, interior decor, event coordinating and beauty pageants,” she aadded.

She also participated during The Gambia Fashion Night as a Gambian designer amongst international designers, being the only designer that had a standing ovation was very special .....

“Words cannot describe how I felt. it was wonderful,” the Gambian young lady fashion designer said.

Awa Conateh’s Courses are

Diploma, Fashion design and interior decor

Leeds College of Art and Design

Diploma in Fashion and Interior Decor

Certificate in IT and Law

Birmingham City College

IT and Law

Independent Coursework

International Visitors Leadership Programme

Awa also established her own projects such as the Yaws Fashion House in June 2012 to present team members ranging from various designing artistes and artisans.

Yaws Fashion House is an innovation where you can find Contemporary Afroeurocentric work of Yaws in both Fashion and Interiors and also works of other artisans who are innovative.

A state-of-the-art eye-catching showroom

- Fashion show with discovery tours

- October 2012 to Present

Team Members: Awa Conateh, Deborr Joiner, Kuna Njie

A tour operating company invited me to showcase for their guests. Awesome!!

Awa skills and expertise are decorations, innovation, interior décor, fashion design, styling, interior design, luxury goods, textiles, apparel, and many other things.