Boost for fashion industry

Fiji Sun:

Saturday, 14 June 2014

European Union funded three-day cultural industries workshop

Fifty participants were present at the Fiji Fashion Industry workshop that was held at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat beginning on Tuesday.

The three-day event was initiated to promote a national and regional environment for the cultural industries, particularly in the fashion industry.

The Pacific Islands Forum secretariat’s economic governance programme director, Shiu Raj said there were many talents in the Pacific region.

“There is much economic potential in the cultural and creative industry in the Pacific region but there is still a lot of work that needs to be done to be able to realise this economic value,” he said.

The industry workshop would address the immediate needs of the Fiji Fashion Council as the peak representative body of the fashion industry in Fiji.

“With a new strategic plan and a clearer membership model, the Fiji Fashion Council will be better equipped to carry out its primary roles and responsibilities,” Mr Raj said.

Rako Designs co-director, Paul Dominiko, said their main target audience was Pacific islanders.

“Our designs are combined in a way that blends all Pacific islands; for instance our lamp has masi prints on it,” he said.

Mr Dominiko laments the costly price of raw materials.

The workshop, which is part of the African, Caribbean and Pacific cultures project, was funded by the European Union. It was designed to strengthen the cultural industry in Fiji, Samoa and Solomon Islands.

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