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Mauritian firms show textile collections in South Africa
Apr '13
For the first time, Mauritian textile and apparel firms showcased their collection overseas, in South Africa.
Looking to present South Africans with an idea of Mauritian textiles and apparels, the Mauritian enterprises held the fashion show at the Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town.
The event formed a part of Africa’s key apparel, textile and footwear sourcing event - Source Africa 2013, The African Textile, Apparel and Footwear Event that recently concluded in Cape Town.
The location of Cape Town was selected by Mauritian enterprises mainly because 19 national outlets, 30 regional chains and several other individual retailers and importers mark their presence in the city, according to The New Age.
Several buyers, fashion dealers and dignitaries from India, Italy and Mauritius, in addition to those from South Africa, attended the show.
According to the Honorary Consul of Mauritius in South Africa, Mukhtar Joonas, the show mainly aimed at fortifying the trade ties between South African and Mauritian textile sectors. 
He said though South Africa and Mauritius share enhanced trade ties, particularly in the textile sectors, still there is a huge trade deficit, and they mean to bridge the gap by persuading South Africans to increase procurements from Mauritian firms.
Mauritian textile industry is a good option for the South African textile industry, which is highly dominated by Chinese textiles, he added.
Mr. Joonas said Mauritian textile and apparel industry tops the world in Cut Make and Trim production and design.
Source Africa 2013 was aimed at drawing attention of global buyers, particularly from the US and other fashion destinations, towards Africa’s quality textiles.

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