An East African bloc’s decision to promote the wearing of locally made attire and annual exhibits in the member states will help the garments gain popularity, said experts.
The optimism follows the East Africa Community’s (EAC) recent declarations of Fridays as Afrika Mashariki (East) Fashion Day, during which the people in East Africa will wear attires manufactured in the region.
Afrika Mashariki Fashion Week would also be held annually in the first week of September for trade fair and exhibition of locally designed textiles and garments.
The declarations are expected to get effected in all EAC member states — Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi and South Sudan.
According to Simon Peter Owaka, senior public relations officer at the EAC Secretariat, the declarations are part of strategies adopted by the region to stimulate demand for locally made textiles and garments, and to build brand identity.
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