THE eighth edition of the Book Café Craft Fair kicked off on a fair note with 21 exhibitors following the failure of Mutare exhibitors to attend.
Organiser of the fair who is also chairperson of Zimbabwe Applied Art and Craft Association (Zacca), Enock Kolimbo said the Mutare participants had other commitments.
“Mutare participants could not make it due to other commitments they had, but we had extended an invite to them,” he said.
“This edition’s main focus was showcasing various products ranging from earrings, mats, necklaces, fridge magnets, sandals all made from recycled products.”
An exhibitor who identified herself as Mrs Risinamhodzi, who showcased Weya Art at the fair, said she was grateful for the platform they have received from Zacca and Pamberi Trust.
“This initiative has been greatly beneficial to us as artists as we have managed to reach out to new markets,” she said.
“We now make a significant amount of money from sales at the fair as we sometimes go home with over $100.”
Zacca has been supporting craft artists by partnering with stakeholders that include the Sport, Arts and Culture, Small to Medium Enterprises and Tourism ministries, the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe and other organisations that support art.
Four members of Zacca have been flying the flag of the nation high at the recently ended Maputo International Trade Fair.
Their participation at the fair was made possible by Zacca and the ministry of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises.
The attendance of the craft fair continues to grow notably and the artists seem to be pushing their creativity to greater heights as there has been an increase in new art products being exhibited over the previous editions.