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Tuesday, June 23, 2015


(Small Impala Lily Necklace on net tube - one of the beautiful articles on show)

Proudly South African award winning fashion designer Bianca Warren, will be collaborating with the African Art Centre by showcasing her latest fashion designs at the African Art Centre Winter Fashion Show tomorrow (June 24) at 17h30.

Bianca Warren has initiated her own production line, and personally oversees the production of her garments. Her brand specializes 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 recognizes that the success of its crafters lies in the development and initiation of new products and designs and the production of innovative high quality market related products. The centre currently supports approximately 400 crafters who generate a sustainable income from their handmade products which are retailed from the shop and gallery in Florida Road.

The Fashion show takes place on June 24 at 17h30 for 18h00. A cash bar is available.The African Art Centre is situated at 94 Florida Road. For information contact the Director, Sharon Crampton on 031 312 3805 or email: