Zambia has the potential of producing internationally recognised designers as it has a lot of good and talented designers but local fashion designers lack good and indigenous materials for the couture industry hence are forced to import from other African countries, said Zambian fashion designer Charity Nyirongo.
Nyirongo has called on the government to invest in fashion designing training institutions as the move has the potential to revive the collapsed textile industry.
At the fourth edition of Hub of Africa Fashion Week held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the proprietor of Mo Creations and Couture brand speacking on the occasion said that the move would help revamp the local textile industry and enable local designers compete favorably at international level.
Zambian Embassy counsellor for economics Linda Mbangweta, who was in attendance to support the local designer, said that the event was a good platform to market Zambia and encourage local designers.
This is a positive stride for the local designers as they exhibit traditional outfits on the runway and they exchange ideas and training skills with international designers.
Hub of Africa continues to push the continent as a competitive destination for business of the textiles and fashion industry and creating a platform for African designers to market themselves on the international market.
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