27 October 2016
AN array of fashion designers will tomorrow exchange notes at the Cotton to Clothing Indaba 2016 scheduled for Wild Geese Lodge in the capital.
The event also seeks to connect the industry with cotton farmers to tertiary education institutions who have fashion and designing on their curriculum.
Minister of Industry and Commerce Mike Bimha will officiate at the event which is being hosted by Association of Cotton Value Adders of Zimbabwe.
It is also sponsored under the Regional Integration Support Mechanism (RISM)funds, made available by the European Union.
Young designers from Harare Polytechnic, Chinhoyi University of Technology and Speciss College will have a chance to showcase their talent on the ramp which will be opened up by Tariro Muza’s collection.
“Young designers are the future of this industry.
“They will gain exposure and experience as many members of ACVAZ also participate and exhibit at this event.
“A number of young designers have in the past been recognised, recruited and gone on to become professional designers,” reads part of the statement.
Meanwhile, Zuvva Designs will also be part of this indaba together with Thembani Mubochwa’s TZM which will be presenting the Craig Zoowie collection.
Other activities that will be taking place on the day will be an exhibition by the various players of the industry and a cocktail party where the attendants will have a live performance from Willis Wataffi of Afrika Revenge.
The event which is expected to cost over $ 45 000 will all be covered by EU under COMESA in an effort to assist with the cotton to clothing strategy aimed at supporting the value chain in areas.