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Unique exhibition on cards

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The National Gallery of Zimbabwe in partnership with the Alliance Francaise will host a unique art exhibition— titled the Basket Case — showcasing innovative designs.

The exhibition will run between September 4 and October 10 under the theme Traditional Meets Contemporary.

This is collaborative effort between the New Basket Workshop and international designers from southern Africa.

“The collaboration seeks to develop traditional basket weaving techniques and products into world-class modern contemporary pieces using recyclable materials,” said Alliance Francaise executive director Charles Houdart.

He said the basket weavers were rural women who earn a vital source of income that benefits their own communities from the sale of their works.

The New Basket Workshop is a registered not-for-profit organisation which seeks to improve the livelihood of rural women in southern Africa.

Houdart said beyond the art the exhibition seeks to improve the lives of impoverished individuals mostly women by allowing them to become entrepreneurs through basket weaving.

He said the three exhibitions would create a viable and sustainable market that would directly benefit the local community. The official opening will be on September 23 where baskets will be sold during the exhibition.

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