26 April 2014

Tanzania: Mustafa Hassanali to Celebrate 50 Years of 'Muungano' in Russia

AS Tanzania Celebrates its 50 Years of union between Tanganyika and Zanzibar today, Mustafa Hassanali's, Tanzania's pan African designer has been invited by the Embassy of Tanzania in Moscow as a designer to showcase his creation during Tanzania Day, an event to celebrate this milestone moment.

"I am very honoured by this invitation from our Embassy in Russia and I look forward to being an ambassador of art, culture and fashion for Tanzania whilst using this opportunity to strengthen the culture ties between Tanzania and Russia as we celebrate 50 years of the Union" stated Mustafa Hassanali.

Hassanali has showcased his work in 26 cities in 17 countries globally and now Moscow becomes his 27th city and Russia 18th Country.

The collection is aptly named 'MUUNGANO', Swahili word for union. "We shall not only Celebrate 50 years of Union of mainland and Zanzibar, but also that union of our souls to this great nation by expressing ones creativity, culture, and Spirit."

Added Hassanali Being a One nation, the Muungano collection showcase shall see the fusion of harmony using various shades of the base colour brown, synonymous the colour of the sand which was symbolically used by Mwalimu Nyerere, in the formation of the United Republic of Tanzania, the union between Tanganyika and Zanzibar.

Khanga, Tanzania cultural fabric has been mixed in various hues to bring out the sophistication, simplicity and glamour that brings about a show that is distinctively Hassanali yet summing up Tanzania "I shall present my collection during the Tanzania Day to the Business and International community living in Russia.

This will be my third showcase in Europe after Italy and Sweden, whereby by in Stockholm I was guest designer in 2011 to Celebrate 50 years of Independence of Tanzania Mainland being hosted by Embassy of Tanzania in Sweden. I am so looking forward to a great response of my work and that of Tanzania from the Russian community at large."

Concluded Hassanali Hassanali Muungano Collection will be accessoried by Enjipai, Tanzania premier jewellery/accessory Brand by Designer Nasreen Karim (Former Miss Tanzania 2008).

Hassanali's zest for fashion is not only limited at fostering his own collections and offering something new to his target audience, but he also believes in the enhancement of the Tanzanian Fashion Industry on the whole.

Hassanali Muungano Collection will be accessoried by Enjipai, Tanzania premier jewellery/accessory Brand by Designer Nasreen Karim (Former Miss Tanzania 2008). Pan African Designer Hassanali, a celebrated name in Tanzania pursues fashion as a religion and has showcase in 26 Cities in 17 Countries Globally.

His personable and affable demeanor in parallel with his bohemian work of art has made him amidst the premier and popular designers in Tanzania.

No wonder then he sports an A-list clientele including the crème de la crème of the society. Considered a fashion guru, his designs reflect the deeply embedded cultural heritage of Tanzanian society.

Mustafa was named as one of Africa Top Ten Male designer by UK's NEW AFRICAN WOMEN and Kenya Airways MSAFIRI magazine has named him COUNT OF COUTURE. He was also part of the Steering committee appointed by Tanzania's Minister for culture for the search of Tanzania's National dress.

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