LOCAL fashion designer, Tarisai Gweje, has graced many worldwide fashion ramps and has been a daily function at Fort Tankard fashion reveals during the last two years.
She has represented Zimbabwe at Fashion Week in Nigeria and the London Fashion Week in 2015. She is scheduled to characterize the nation on the African Fashion reception in Paris, France in November. NewsDay Life-style reporter, Valuable Chida (ND) caught up with Gweje (TG), who opened up about her life as a designer for the previous 14 years amongst different issues. Under are excerpts of the interview.
ND: Give us a quick description of Tarisai Gweje
TG: Tarisai Gweje is the second daughter in a household of 14. She is an entrepreneur, a fashion designer, a totally devoted Christian who lives in Chitungwiza. I'm a single girl presently operating my very own fashion label, Chaivo Designs, and a studio.
ND: How finest are you able to describe the fashion business for the reason that day you ventured into the enterprise?
TG: It has been a journey full of ups and downs. There may be at all times the bitter aspect and the nice aspect. After I first bought into the fashion business in 2003, there have been so much of actions taking place. I used to be solely 17 and surprisingly I bought so much of alternatives. It was actually a great 12 months for me as a result of the business was promising so much in phrases of sponsorship and issues like that however issues simply began to collapse (till) we had no sponsorship and no reveals. Nonetheless I'm pleased that I've been rising and as fashion designers in Zimbabwe issues at the moment are beginning to open up and I’m positive we're going to get someplace if we proceed to work onerous.
ND: You've got been to the Africa Fashion Week in Nigeria representing Zimbabwe. Are you able to share your experiences with us?
TG: It was actually an superior expertise. I cherished each bit of it. Extra so, I pray that I get funding in order that I can have extra such experiences as a result of I've additionally been invited to characterize Zimbabwe at African Fashion reception in Paris, France.
I used to be additionally alleged to characterize Zimbabwe at Africa fashion week in London however I couldn’t go as a result of of financial points I simply hope this doesn’t have an effect on my dream once more this time.
ND: You're identified for making distinctive and further extraordinary designs. Inform us about your inspiration?
TG: I draw my inspiration from something. The second I discuss and breath and chat with individuals from across the group, I at all times take one thing from that. What drives me is the fervour that I've for being an artist. I do know that I'm a proficient artist who can do something and since I'm artistic, I do know that there's nothing inconceivable.
ND: Can you're taking us by some of your productions?
TG: I've the avant-garde designs which I make from any recycled supplies (similar to) wires, spoons and different issues these embody the Breaking Boundaries which was the primary assortment that I first showcased out of Zimbabwe, Scandal Scandals that I showcased at HIFA Excessive Fashion present in 2015, Assembly the Mysterious Age, exhibited within the Nationwide Gallery (of Zimbabwe) in August and the scandalous, which is created from the quail chook (zvihuta), amongst others. I additionally make African attires and different varieties of garments.
ND: Of all of your, productions which one is your favorite and why?
TG: I like the avant-garde designs as a result of they're so difficult and everybody simply asks how I give you them. It opens my thoughts extra and I get pleasure from doing it.
ND: What was probably the most outstanding day in your journey as a fashion designer?
TG: After I lastly managed to showcase my work out of Zimbabwe. It was an enormous breakthrough in my profession. It was my massive second to evangelise the gospel of actual fashion on the market and to indicate to the world that Zimbabweans may also produce phenomenal work.
ND: Wanting at the moment-day financial situations in Zimbabwe, has it affected your enterprise in anyway?
TG: The current state of affairs has actually achieved so much of hurt in our business as a result of there at the moment are bales of (second hand) garments which at the moment are coming in and everyone seems to be now going there as a result of it’s very low cost. Nonetheless, I can not promote my garments for $2 simply to match up with the competitors. Some of the gear that we use can't be present in Zimbabwe, which has triggered issues for me as a result of even when I need to export from different nations the obligation that I pay is just too excessive. As fashion designers, we're not supported as a result of we're not seen as severe enterprise individuals or artists. We want that backing from established firms and even the federal government itself to enhance our fashion business however we're not getting that.
ND: Was this a self-taught factor otherwise you obtained skilled coaching in designing?
TG: I'm proficient however clearly I wanted skilled assist, so it's a uncooked expertise that has been enlightened. I went to a fashion designing and artwork college for a 12 months and after that I went to Harare Polytechnic for some half-time programs simply to good my brainpower. Nonetheless, most of my works are uncooked flairs just like the avant-gardes. I discovered to do the design and develop it to what it's now by myself.
ND: Are you able to say you've gotten achieved what you meant to perform as a designer?
TG: I haven’t achieved what I need. I haven’t achieved my largest dream. I nonetheless really feel like I’m behind and I haven’t gone that far. I need to personal a designer’s manufacturing facility sometime the place I design my very own label and promote it internationally and domestically. I don’t know the way lengthy it’s going to take however I need to be sure that I get there. There may be additionally so much of expertise on the market, youngsters who're good in fashion and artwork however they don't have the chance to showcase it. I need to have the ability to assist these individuals. So, earlier than I've these issues I can not really feel like I've achieved a lot.
ND: What do you assume should be achieved to enhance the face of our fashion business?
TG: Zimbabwean clothes producers ought to work with present designers as a result of I consider they've what it takes to provide stylish designs. A platform must also be made for Zimbabwean designers and we would not have the very best quality, however now we have so much of proficient designers that produce good issues out of these low high quality materials. Now we have the power to take over the fashion business in Africa provided that we embrace fashion designers.
ND: Thanks to your time Tarisai
TG: You're welcome.