First-ever event celebrating local and locally inspired fashion design in Zanzibar set to
premiere in October.

This October, the all-new Fashion Week Zanzibar will take over Stone Town’s prolific Mtoni Palace in a celebration of local fashion and unique East African design. The new initiative is dedicated to showcasing fashion created in or inspired by the beautiful island of Zanzibar, Tanzania.

The island’s homegrown fashion industry has been developing in exciting new ways in recent years. One-of-a-kind designs pulling from the varied influences of Zanzibari culture and island life, mixed with the brightly coloured patterns of kanga and kitenge, create a strong sense of place and culture in the local fashion industry.

The event is founded and organized by photographer and businessman Javed Jafferji,
internationally renowned designer Farouque Abdela, and budding photographer Adnan Abbas. “We decided to celebrate Zanzibar’s up-and-coming fashion and create a festival dedicated to our one-of-a-kind fashion flavor,” says Jafferji.

“The decision was made on the spur of the moment and the whirlwind hasn’t stopped since.” “We hope to encourage the local fashion industry and empower young designers,” says Abdela. As a part of the community, organizers say the event will continue to grow and shape the potential of this promising industry in Zanzibar’s future.

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