Designers show amazing skill at Hifa’s Illusion

Genre : Event evaluations
Principal country concerned : Column : Fashion
Release/publication date : May 2015
Published on : 05/05/2015
Source : 4 May 2015

Three amazing designers and artisans showcased their artworks at Harare International Festival of the Arts (Hifa) over the weekend.

At a show hosted by Trish Carmen and sponsored by The Royal Norwegian Embassy, the designers worked together beautifying leather and creating striking illusions.

Showcasing at what designers called Illusions at this years Hifa, the artists brought a collection of modern and traditional designs with awesome simplicity underpinned by uniquely Zimbabwean design aesthetics.

The showcase, which featured Zed label designers, Vanhu Vamwe and local leather artisans drew fashion lovers from all age groups.

The three passionate Fashion Designers who included Harare Polytechnic student Patience Geraldine Tseriwa, Chido Rupango and Tanaka Leroy Samukange proudly proved that Zimbabwe's beauty lies in its tradition and culture.

Showcasing their wares, the designers romped in models with astounding skills to showcase their designs.

Among the designs were leather bags, leather satchels with multiple functions, handbags, sling bags and leather purses.

Samukange, one of the designers, said: "My creations are unique in that they offer multiple functions. As you can see, my leather satchel is one, but it has a detachable purse on it."

Samukange thanked Hifa for allowing them to showcase their creations.

Chido Rupango, one of the amazing designers, said: "I am a psychologist by profession, but I love fashion design. To me it's a passion. I am a full-time designer now. All my creations are inspired by my culture."

An elderly woman who attended the event thanked the designers for making her understand that leather could do more wonders than she already knew.

"I did not know that leather can be manipulated like this. I need your designs," she quipped.

The one-hour long show was attended by people of various races and many encouraged the youthful designers to continue giving the world unique designs.

Hifa, which ran from April 28 to May 3 saw various artistic work being showcased to the world by different artists.


  • Arterial network
  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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