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Artist and craftswoman Carol Fraser be­lieves that one of the more mean­ing­ful de­vel­op­ments to come out of CARIFESTA X111 for the cre­ative in­dus­tries was the en­counter be­tween nine re­gional fash­ion de­sign­ers and ex­perts from the glob­ally rec­og­nized Ital­ian fash­ion in­dus­try, not least, the fash­ion work­shops, fash­ion shows and busi­ness meet­ings that re­sulted from the en­counter.

Fraser, along with So­nia Noel, were the two Guyanese fash­ion de­sign­ers who met with the Ital­ians through a US$45,000 CARICOM-Italy project that brought the re­gional fash­ion de­sign­ers to­gether with three Ital­ian fash­ion in­dus­try ex­perts with a view to forg­ing “new av­enues for co­op­er­a­tion and part­ner­ship and pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for the pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment of Caribbean fash­ion de­sign­ers and man­u­fac­tur­ers.

Fraser, who was se­lected by the CARICOM Sec­re­tar­iat to be part of the group that met with the Ital­ian ex­perts told Stabroek Busi­ness on her re­turn from Bar­ba­dos that she val­ued the one-on-one op­por­tu­nity af­forded her to in­ter­act with the Ital­ians in or­der to en­able a pro­fes­sional as­sess­ment of her work.

The fo­cus of the en­counter was on ex­pand­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for train­ing, tech­no­log­i­cal ex­change and in­ter­na­tional fash­ion shows in Italy. She said that such op­por­tu­ni­ties would place re­gional cre­ative peo­ple in sit­u­a­tions that would al­low them to mea­sure them­selves against some of the best tal­ent in the world. The ten re­gional fash­ion de­sign­ers who par­tic­i­pated in the event spe­cial­ize in the ar­eas of ap­parel, jew­ellery, hats and other ac­ces­sories.

Project staff of the CARICOM Sec­re­tar­iat col­lab­o­rated with fash­ion of­fi­cials in Bar­ba­dos in putting the event to­gether.

Fraser told Stabroek Busi­ness that it was re­ward­ing to be pre­sented with the op­por­tu­nity to en­gage “real ex­perts” in the fash­ion in­dus­try “in or­der to al­low us to get a bet­ter sense of just where we are in the Caribbean. She said that while the Ital­ian de­sign­ers ap­peared struck by some of the cre­ativ­ity ev­i­denced in the work of Caribbean de­sign­ers, “it is not dif­fi­cult to see that we in the Caribbean are sev­eral years be­hind them.”

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