Thursday, October 11, 2012

African Marketplace in Nanaimo

Back in May of this year, an African Marketplace took place in Nanaimo, BC, and the Bitengye Designers were invited to be a part of it. Funds raised went to the Stephen Lewis Foundation. We had one of several sale tables, with our wax fabrics and Bitengye items available for purchase and where Trudy Thorne ably managed the brisk trade. But the highlight of the gathering was the fashion show. I've posted photos of several of the garments modelled, all made from fabrics from Kitambaa. I think they're gorgeous, especially the cowry shell jacket seen below.
And isn't this tunic smashing? I wonder if we should ask the Bitengye women to make up a few of these, and see how sales go here at home? Love the zebras below too.

And how about this coat? What fun! While we don't have Alice and the other Bitengye women making these garments, they have just started work on two styles of dress for "traditionally built women", and a casual jacket. I'm hoping they will be ready to ship to us well before Christmas, so we can offer them to you for sale. I'll keep you posted. In the meantime, these photos might give you ideas of your own in how to use our wonderful fabrics.

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