Since 2010, the Thai Tourist Assistance Foundation, in collaboration with members of the foreign diplomatic corps in Bangkok, has organised the Celebration of Silk project to exhibit traditional and modern Thai silk and design.
The last eight years that the project has been organized, it has been in honour of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, the Queen Mother called “Celebration of Silk.
Uganda was well represented by Multi-award winning Ugandan International Fashion Designer and founder of Uganda International Fashion Week, Santa Anzo during the just concluded event and she used the Queen’s exquisite fabric to create beautiful pieces that epitomize her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s vision, in a collection she named UBUNTU.
The International Thai Silk Fashion Week provided a designer the chance to represent their nation in a unique and special way. The experience included important commercial and media exposure for each designer and her country through video, live streaming and photography. Arapapa by Santa Anzo provided a one minute video showcasing Uganda’s tourism potential through fashion tourism.
The video featured the unique flora and fauna of Uganda epitomized by the source of the Nile and the silver back gorillas, which kept her audience awed by the beauty of Uganda.
Santa Anzo’s Afro-Thai creation Ubuntu is a fusion of the famed Ugandan traditional dress Busuuti & the Thai Traditonal dress known as chut thai. Ubuntu is a true celebration of the African spirit of Compassion and Humanity.
In her speech Santa emphasized that Fashion has the capacity to lead the industrialization of Uganda and Africa at large as it is the second biggest employer of women and youth in Sub- Saharan Africa. “Fashion is trade through garment production and sales and as well tourism as fashion drives the necessary media buzz,” she added.
Santa Anzo was selected and given an outstanding performance in career, business and leadership as a role model to youth and women.
The project run for an entire week with design seminars, university lectures, commercial displays and an extraordinary nationally televised fashion shows each year.
According to the event handbook to be distributed in all 78 countries, some of the countries that participated are the Netherlands, Russia, Belgium, Isreal, France, Uganda, Morocco, Egypt, Russia, Los Angeles, China, South Africa, New Zealand, Peru, Chile, Spain, Nigeria, India, and Turkey among others.
The Thai International Fashion Week 2019 hosted at the prestigious Eden Zone at Central mall, Bangkok.