The African Art Centre in Florida Road, Durban, is hosting a Winter Fashion Show in collaboration with fashion designer Bianca Warren at 5.30 pm on Wednesday, June 24.
Bianca has initiated her own production line, and personally oversees the production of her garments. Her brand specialises in woman’s wear casual and evening wear. Owner of two flagship stores in Durban, she supplies a number of boutiques in South Africa and creates employment for a several women from her community.
To complement her garments, beaders from rural KwaZulu-Natal, who participated in skills development projects facilitated by the Centre, developed a special range of beaded jewellery in a variety of colours and combinations.
The skills development workshops aim at developing new skills and techniques and encourage the production of works of originality and of the highest quality.
In view of the high levels of unemployment, the production of craft has become a significant source of income particularly within rural and low-income communities in KwaZulu-Natal. Although the global market for South African craft is growing, the production thereof has been compounded by a number of factors including repetitive reproduction of designs and products which suppress innovation and creativity and limits the range of new products offered to demanding consumers.
The African Art Centre currently supports approximately 400 crafters who generate a sustainable income from their handmade products which we retail from its shop and gallery in Florida Road.
Inquiries: Director, Sharon Crampton at 031 312 3805 or firstname.lastname@example.org