THE seventh edition of the Book Café Craft Fair was held at the weekend with the new addition, fashion, being a hit.
The fashion show showcased creations of local designer Alice Knuth of Countess K Designs.
Organiser of the fair who is also chairperson of Zimbabwe Applied Art and Craft Association (Zacca), Enock Kolimbo said: “The attendance has been rising over the previous editions and artists and crafters from around the country have been getting the opportunity to exhibit at the fair free of charge.”
Speaking to NewsDay on the sidelines of the fair, Knuth said she was pleased with the progress of first trial.
“I was invited to spice it up with fashion and it has been well received and has been a great success. We will host another fashion show at the next edition for the fair,” she said. Zacca has been identifying artists from outside Harare to come and exhibit at the fair through their provincial membership drive which is sponsored by European Union and Pamberi Trust.
Concurrently Zacca has been opening branches in all provinces for easy administration.
Zacca and its partners have been able to secure funding that caters for the transport, food and accommodation needs of artists who hail outside Harare.
Jacquie Hungwe, a craft artist exhibiting at the fair, described the fair as a way forward but urged the organisers to market the event more so that it could attract bigger crowds.
The next edition of the fair will see the exhibition of quality products that are crafted from recycled waste.