The Mpumalanga Department of Culture, Sport and Recreation will afford designers and crafters in the province an opportunity for their work to be sold and exhibited in an international platform during the International Traditional Costumes and Design Exhibition to be held from next Tuesday until the end of May at the All Russia Decorative Art Museum in Moscow, Russia.
The Traditional Costumes and Design Exhibition will serve as an expression of inspiration in the form of traditional costumes and contemporary fashion designs and accessories.
The department says it has obtained garments, artfacts, and accessories from cooperatives, cultural groups and local designers in the province which they will be showcasing at the exhibition and some of the work will be sold in a Pop-Up Store that will be part of the exhibition.
“The international visitors to the exhibition will have an opportunity to purchase souvenirs similar to some of the items and accessories, which will be on show in the exhibition.
“We are committed to support and provide platforms to local crafters and designers in the province so that they could showcase their talents and have an opportunity to sell their products before international markets,” says department spokesperson Sibongile Nkosi.
Nkosi says they will use the “Pop-Up Store” concept during the exhibition to create a sustainable profitable market for local crafters and designers in Russia.
She says the Pop-Up shop will sell various artistic products including Neck Pieces, Hand Bridal Beads, Ponchos and Ndebele Dolls from selected crafters, designers and Cooperatives.
Human Museum Scientists from Barberton Museum will also participate in an International Museum Collaboration Workshop which will also be held in Moscow, says Nkosi.
“This capacity building and idea sharing workshop is aimed at encouraging sustainable long-term collaboration between South Africa and Russia in the following areas among others: Performance Management and Governance, Preservation and Conservation Programme, Exhibition, Experts and Expertise/Knowledge Exchanges, New media and Technology in Museum Management and Presentation, Audience Development and Educational Programmes.”