13 of 2018

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Newsletter No. 13                                                                                    13 April  2018

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Designer takes on international runway

A CBD-based designer recently showed what he’s made of at an international fashion street show in France.

Daniel Moleka, owner of RedThread Apparel X, was invited to showcase his Immortal collection by RedThread at the very first Fashion Street Show at the Cannes Film Festival.

Moleka attended Fedisa Fashion Design School. “Fedisa taught me so much in the two months I was there and it made me realise there is a lot I didn’t know about the industry,” he says.

“My inspiration for collections hasn’t changed since leaving school but it has become much more complex, with a much more sophisticated thought process going into each collection.”

Another feather in his cap is the fact that his garments are being worn by celebrities, such as MTV presenter Kim Jade. Influencer Donovan Fernando, host of SA Men’s Week, was also wearing RedThread during SA Men’s Week.

He recently collaborated with designer Jean Paul Larmy. “He has a very good touch when it comes to haute couture and a good knowledge of the industry.”

They manage to create garments that appeal to both young and old when they put their ideas together, says Moleka. Moleka experienced a trial by fire last year when he showcased selected garments at the No Zleep Fashion Show at the Castle of Good Hope. It was his first show so he was quite excited but also nervous. Moleka has two collections under his belt so far and is working on his upcoming collection called Immortals, which will be a mix of street wear and haute couture. “RedThread was the first thing that I decided to do on my own. When I started RedThread I didn’t really know much about the fashion industry. I just had the passion for it. I keep learning new things every day and honestly it’s something that I love to do. It’s not about the money or the fame. It’s all about getting my vision and my art out there.”

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Rwanda says withdrawal of AGOA benefits US discretion

Praising the US Government for having unilaterally initiated the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), the Rwandan ministry of trade and industry recently said it is Washington’s discretion to withdraw AGOA benefits. The US decision was a result of a move by East African countries to raise tariffs on used clothes to promote the local textile industry.

“AGOA is a commendable unilateral gesture to African countries, including Rwanda, meant to promote trade and development through exports. The withdrawal of AGOA benefits is at the discretion of the United States,” Rwandan news organisations quoted the ministry as saying in a statement.

In 2006, the heads of state of Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda agreed to take measures to gradually phase out import of second-hand clothing. F2F

Mozambique plans to reopen Textafrica textile factory

Mozambique is exploring ways to reopen Textafrica do Chimoio, a textile firm closed 25 years ago rendering more than 3,000 jobless, prime minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosário recently announced while visiting the Manica province. He visited the factory with Institute for State Participation Management officials at the request of the country’s president.

To wind up the company and pay compensation, the Textáfrica board used a $1.1 million loan from the Millenium Bim Bank using the houses the company owned in neighbourhoods A and B of the city of Chimoio as collateral, according to a newspaper report in the country.

Following the bank’s threat to evict the workers and sell the houses and other assets of the company to recover the loan, the government decided to intervene to find a negotiated solution to ensure that the bank received the money and the company starts operations again. F2F

Dubai textile firm plans garment unit in Kenya’s Naivasha

Dubai-based textile company United Aryan plans to build a garment factory that could employ up to 10,000 workers at Olkaria geothermal fields in Naivasha town of Kenya’s Nakuru county to take advantage of lower electricity costs. The factory, likely to come up in the next two years, will manufacture apparel like trousers, knit tops, fleeces, shirts and robes.

The factory, which is likely to offer indirect employment to around 40,000 Kenyans, will manufacture products for sale in Kenya, the United States and Europe, according to company founder-chairman Pankaj Bedi.

United Aryan currently operates at Baba Dogo’s Balaji Export Processing Zone in Ruaraka, where it manufactures apparels for export, an African business daily reported.

Covering 20 acres, the factory will have six units with the capacity to produce and wash more than 100,000 pieces of attire daily.

Did you know……..

Powdered Wigs

Many people will recognize the powdered wigs of the Middle Ages, but not many are as familiar with their tie to syphilis. In Epidemics And History: Disease, Power and Imperialism, author Sheldon J. Watts explains their significance: Back then, many of those in the upper and middle classes had the disease, which produced some raunchy symptomatic smells — and not to mention, baldness. To cover the smell, many people wore goat, horse, or human hair wigs called perukes. The wigs were powdered in scents like lavender and orange, to cover the stink coming from down below. The trend caught on when Louis XIV started wearing them. And yes, he had syphilis, too.

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