In the world of fashion, sustainable slow fashion is growing as consumers around the world are practicing more environmental conscious choices. For many years fast fashion has been practiced as compared to slow fashion, but why slow fashion? I had a chat with Pascal Kamanga, a Malawian fashion designer in sustainable fashion.
Pascal tell me briefly about you?
My name is Pascal Kamanga, I was born and raised in Kasungu, later I moved to Blantyre where I finished my Secondary School at Matindi Academy. I started studying procurement at poly MDC then later switched to Fashion Designing at Beehive which is under John Paul II leadership & IT institute. I finished my 2 years course in 2015 and started building my brand Kwacha Creations,
Tell me about Kwacha creations and the projects you have worked on
Well, I have worked with a lot of people and I have showcased at fashion for a cause in 2017 at Latitude 13 hotels. In 2019, I showcased at Fashion without borders in Botswana in collaboration with a Botswana based designer then did another show in South Africa called African Fashion Alive. In 2020, I also showcased at Green Liberty show in Kasungu. Apart from that I have worked with a few community organizations in women empowerment.
Earth conscious, slow fashion and recycled fabric are new terms in the global south, how is this being received in Malawi?
When designing an outfit, I have always been creating something that will not lose taste and quality fast (avoiding fast fashion). We have been working on some projects which we will release soon, but we get criticized with the idea of re-using fabric here in Malawi for a lot of people don’t really understand the concept behind sustainable fashion.
Why do you think sustainable slow fashion is important to you a brand?
Prices are reasonable since most of the times it involves re-designing or re-using hence cutting down the cost of getting the material.
What do you think should be done for consumers to embrace sustainable fashion?
Well, more designers should drop fast fashion and get into sustanable fashion and the country should control the use of other fabrics and encourage the use of environmental-friendly fabrics such as cotton and wax.
Pascal, as a young fashion entrepreneur, how has Covid-19 affected you and what are you doing to stay afloat?
Because of Covid-19, our shop is currently closed. Because business was very slow and the other projects we do like providing costumes for music videos and movie are put on hold.
Talking of costume, tell me more about Fatsani the movie and the experience as a costume designer?
In the movie industry it was our first project, so it was challenging but we had to do a lot of research to deliver and i am happy we did deliver successfully. Now, working on new projects i can’t disclose yet.
It was amazing catching up with you Pascal. Lastly, which celebrities have you dressed in Malawi and which one are you hunting to dress next?
I have made clothes for Saint, Nepman, King Chambicco, Sukez, Enno mwana wa Igwe, Lulu, Mastol, Kelvin Sings, Sangie, Jummany, Poet Hew, Ian Simbota, the list is too long. I am looking forward to dress everyone who appreciates my art.