Award-winning Ugandan Fashion Designer, Santa Anzo joined other international designers to showcase at the International Thai Silk Fashion Week.
The International Thai Silk Fashion Week was part of the activities organised in Celebration of Silk project to exhibit traditional and modern Thai silk and design. For the last eight years the project has been organized in honor of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit.
Santa used the Queen’s exquisite fabric to create beautiful pieces that epitomize her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s vision, in a collection she named UBUNTU.
ARAPAPA by Santa Anzo was selected due to Santa’s outstanding performance in career, business and leadership as a role model to youth and women.
“Our prime aim is to promote cross-cultural exchange between Thailand and participating countries through Silk diplomacy,” one of the organizers explained.
The 2nd International Thai Silk Fashion Week also provided designers a chance to represent their nation in a unique and special way. The experience included important commercial and media exposure for each designer and her country through video, live streaming and photography.
Arapapa by Santa Anzo provided a one-minute video showcasing Uganda’s tourism potential through fashion tourism.
The video featured the unique flora and fauna of Uganda epitomized by the source of the nile and the silver back gorrillas, which kept her audience awed by the beauty of Uganda.
Santa Anzo’s AFRO-THAI creation UBUNTU is a fusion of the famed Ugandan traditional dress the Busuuti & the Thai Traditonal dress the chut thai. Ubuntu is a true celebration of the African spirit of Compassion and Humanity.
In her speech Santa emphasized that Fashion has the capacity to lead the industrialization of Uganda and Africa at large as it is the second biggest employer of women and youth in Sub-saharan Africa. Fashion is trade through garment production and sales as well as tourism as fashion drives the necessary media buzz.
The project run for an entire week with design seminars, university lectures, commercial displays and an extraordinary nationally televised fashion shows each year.
Some of the other countries that participated are Netherlands, Russia, Belgium, Isreal, France, Uganda, Morocco, Egypt, Russia, Los Angeles, China, South Africa, New Zealand, Peru, Chile, Spain, Nigeria, india, Turkey among others.
The 2nd Thai International Fashion Week 2019 was hosted at the prestigious Eden Zone at Central mall, Bangkok.