Ruth Chirwa excited with persons with disabilities fashion show on Sept 4

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Mzuzu-based fashion and textile designer, Ruth Chirwa, has hailed organisers of a unique fashion show for persons with disabilities to either showcase their designs or model the designs, saying it is an important space for her to take her talents to the world.

Designer Xandria of House of Xandria said the event, scheduled for September 4 at Amaryllis Hotel in Blantyre, is aimed at promoting diversity and inclusion especially of people who have physical disabilities in the fashion industry.

“Apart from stigma, I discovered that talent exists among persons with physical disabilities but what is lacking is opportunity and a platform to showcase their ideas and talent; hence, coming up with this idea,” Xandria is quoted as saying in the local press.

According to Xandria, she believes bringing in different forces, hands on expertise and ideas yields positive results.

“We have partnered with Malawi Council for the Handicapped (Macoha) to bring in their designers, models and artists that are physically challenged to take part in the event by showcasing their talent,” she said.

The fashion designer added that they are also calling out to physically challenged designers, tailors, models and artists across Malawi to come and participate.

In an interview, Chirwa, who plies her trade in Mzuzu but was trained at Miracle Technical Institute in Karonga, said in an interview with that she was ready for the fashion show.

“I am excited about it [fashion show], and I can’t wait. Right now, I have sought extra services of a friend so that I speed up on the designs that I will showcase in Blantyre next month,” said Chirwa, who recently featured in a Amai Mbambade programme that identifies women or girls that are making it in the society against all odds.




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