Farouque Abdela on CNN's Inside Africa!
Tanzanian Fashion Designer spoke of his return from UK to Zanzibar to be shocked on how different Zanzibar had become and what he as a fashion designer is doing to preserve the culture
The fashion designer is encouraging young artists to continue the old traditions of dressmaking and supporting artisans like Mussa, 39, one of the last still holding the flame."It could have died out without him carrying on," Abdela admits. Now Mussa employs 11 people, training a new generation of fabric makers."To preserve and to promote" is Abdela's mantra."Africa is not about bare chest[s] and grass skirts, you know. There is more to it," he says. "There is opulence, there is glamor there is beauty... I think the future is bright." -CNN