The Fashion Association of Tanzania launched on 31st January 2018

The Tanzanian designers have joined hands together on the establishment of their association. The fashion Association of Tanzania which was officially announced today 31st January 2018 at Habari Maelezo in Dar es Salaam.

Fashion Association of Tanzania (FAT) is a not-for-profit body that aims to further the interests of Tanzania fashion industry by harnessing and sharing collective knowledge, experience and resources of the sector. The association intends to develop the Tanzania fashion industry in conjunction with its constituent stakeholders.
The plan of establishing this association came from Tanzania National Art Council (BASATA) through its Director of Arts Promotion and Marketing Mrs Vivian Shalua, who stated during the Swahili Fashion Week 2017 launch press conference held on 1st November 2017, she insisted that Tanzanian designers ought to establish their association which will provide effective efforts into  decision making and regulatory matters that affect its members, and to encourage and participate in programs of benefit to the fashion industry as whole. She challenged Swahili Fashion Week organizer to take the lead assuring a full support from BASATA in all matters of their interest.

Addressing the journalist the founder of FAT, Mustafa Hassanali stated “FAT is here to be a strong professional body that will be effective to foster and strengthen the Tanzania fashion industry. As designers we support the initiatives of His excellency The President of United Republic of Tanzania Dr.John Pombe Magufuli of a Semi Industrilaised Tanzania by 2025 by spearheading the “Made in Tanzania” textile and apparel products.”
“Tanzania fashion industry is growing at a rapid rate, its stakeholders face a number of significant challenges, yet we are optimistic that the time of fruition is at hand through the establishment of such Association with intent on strengthening the positive relationship with all fashion industry players, stakeholders and at governmental level within Tanzania, regionally and Internationally” Added Mustafa Hassanali, Founder of FAT
According to the another  FAT founder, Mrs Asia Idarous , FAT is not only meant for  designers but all stakeholders in the  fashion industry , it includes various Fashion platforms, fashion institutions, fashion stylists, fashion Models , fashion photographers, Textile and apparel firms, Garment/textile/Apparel manufacturers and retailers to mention but a few.

Also she  added that “ I have traveled the world and participated in many fashion platforms, but the most successful countries in fashion industry are the ones who have taken an initiative of having an organization which will stand for their interest, it is never too late for us, challenges are there in any association especially a new one, but we are building the culture and implementing  the governance that will allow  us to meet our objectives  as an association, I am confident we have made a good start at FAT”
Tanzania fashion industry players are encouraged to join the association in raising their voices towards new fashion opportunities, overcoming fashion challenge and broaden their network across Africa and beyond so as to spearhead the “semi-industrialization policy” of 2025 that advocated by the president of Tanzania.


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