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Local textile artists are eyeing to participate in the World Craft Council Golden Jubilee Celebrations that are set for China in October. Textile artists from the Zimbabwe Applied Art in Craft Association have already begun preparation for the upcoming tour which is set to help them further widen their markets as well as develop their skills.

ZAACA chairperson Enock Kolimbo said plans are underway to send participants to the celebrations which are set for Dongyang, China.

“Our organisation has already begun preparing for the celebrations which will help us develop through learning from the experience as well also expanding markets for our products.

“We will also be doing a number of campaigns to help us source funds for the trip.

“We are looking forward to send a g delegation which will do a lot to collaborate and negotiate with potential clients so that we benefit a lot from our participation,” he said.

Kolimbo said ZAACA members are working on making sure that the country acquits itself superbly at the showcase.

“Our members are now working on the products that are going to be showcased in China and are working hard on coming up with unique products that represents a true Zimbabwean experience because we will be representing the country there.

“We want the arts world to notice what Zimbabwe has to offer and we look forward to seeing returns from this year’s participation,” he said.

Kolimbo said the only setback they face is enough funds to send as much members as they would wish.

“We would want to send a big delegation but the expenses will limit us in the end although organisations such as Culture Fund have been helping us immensely to see such projects working out.

“It would be our hope that the corporate world can also chip in and help our cause to see the arts sector developing,” said Kolimbo.

The 50th Annivesary celebrations will host activities such as a crafts exhibition, wood carving competitions, a grand bazaar, float parades, a traditional costume fashion show amongst many others that should attract arts enthusiasts the world over.

In 2013 ZAACA sent some of its members to Kuwait for some arts festival in the same mould of the forthcoming one and hope that they can do the same this year.

Source : The Herald