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Infinity World Changer

Infinity World Changer

Evolution of Zambia Fashion Industry how it changed over the years

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By DISEREE MUBANGA

As we head towards the Zambian Independence Day I would like to help us learn about the Zambian fashion industry since this is going to be the main theme of that very special day for many Zambians. Before we discuss the Zambian fashion industry I would like us to understand what fashion is, when it started, how it started where and why it started.

        Fashion is a popular aesthetic expression in a certain time and context especially in clothing footwear’s lifestyles accessories makeup hairstyle and body proportions. Clothing is a collective term for items worn on the body clothing is typically made of fabric or textiles but over time has included garments made from animal skin or other thin sheets of materials put together the wearing of clothing is mostly restricted the human beings and is a feature of all human beings and is a feature of all human societies.

           For centuries individuals or societies have used clothes and other    body adornments as a form of non verbal communication to indicate occupation rank gender sexual availability locality class wealth and  group affiliation fashion is a form of Free spirit special it not only embraces clothing but also accessories hairstyle beauty and body art what we wear and how we wear it provides others with shorthand to subtly read the surface of social situation.

              The notion of global fashion industry is a product of the modern age prior to the mid 19th century most clothing was a handmade it was handmade for individual either as home production or on order from dressmaker and tailors by the beginning of the 20th century with the of the new technologies such as  the sewing machine the rise of global capitalism and the development of retail outlets such as departs we head towards the Zambian  independence day I would like to help learn about the Zambian fashion industry since this is going to be the main theme of that very special day for many Zambians. Before we discuss the Zambian fashion industry we want to understand what fashion is when it started how where and why.

        Fashion is a popular aesthetic expression in a certain time and context especially in clothing footwear’s lifestyles accessories makeup hairstyle and body proportions. Clothing is a collective term for items worn on the body clothing is typically made of fabric or textiles but over time has included garments made from animal skin or other thin sheets of materials put together the wearing of clothing is mostly restricted the human beings and is a feature of all human beings and is a feature of all human societies.

           For centuries individuals or societies have used clothes and other    body adornments as a form of non verbal communication to indicate occupation rank gender sexual availability locality class wealth and group affiliation fashion is a form of Free spirit special it not only embraces clothing but also accessories hairstyle beauty and body art what we wear and how we wear it provides others with shorthand to subtly read the surface of situation.

          The copper mining industry is the major leading industry In Zambia seconded by agriculture and slowly other Industry like the fashion industry is the fastest growing industry.

          A decade ago Zambian textile and clothing industry had all but withered into the dust privatization sapped the vigor of the industry and reduced the Zambian public to consuming cheap Chinese goods.

        In the modern-day Zambian fashion industry, entrepreneurs and fashion designers now conduct training programs and workshops to equip young people with tailoring and jewelry making skills. Fashion offers a myriad of empowerment opportunities for Zambian people.

          There was a time when the now popular fabric the Chitenge was worn as wrappers by our mothers and grandmothers generation .the younger generation would only wear chitenges at home when doing chores or at funerals to show decency. But in this day and age the Chitenge has evolved into the remarkable fashion statement that is trending worldwide. It can now be seen that many people wear beautifully tailored chitenges outfit in classrooms office church and even shopping malls there is a diverse assortment of Zambian Chitenge outfits apparel jewelry car seats houses decors handbag and many more.

  Zambians especially women have recognized its importance of embracing culture through the Chitenge fabric it only makes them look fashionably unique it also makes them fully embrace their history. Traditional language helps Zambians to echo their pride in the rich Zambian heritage by adorning in Chitenge outfits.

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