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UK-Based Zimbabwean Carves Niche in Dressmaking

  • Jonga Kandemiiri

Afinah Madosi-Falder, the founder of the Mavhu Clothing brand.

Afinah Madosi-Falder, the founder of the Mavhu Clothing brand.

A Zimbabwean, Afinah Madosi-Falder, based in the United Kingdom, is carving a niche for herself in dress-making.

After moving to England in 2001, Madosi-Falder found herself being relegated to a stay-at-home-mom, taking care of the children while her husband was the sole bread-winner.

The former Tel-One technician found herself with ample time to resuscitate her love for sewing her own clothes, something she had acquired during her school days.

But she says she became serious with her sewing two years ago.

"I liked a page on Facebook. I was looking for a tailor to make these clothes for me, but I couldn't find a tailor that's when I thought , aah, but I did fashion and fabrics at school and I used to sew some of my things when I was younger. So I started sewing again about two years ago," Madosi-Falder explains.

And today she is a proud owner of Mavhu Clothing, a brand name she chose in remembrance of her late mother.

Mavhu Clothing

Mavhu Clothing

"When I was looking for a name to start my business, my brand name, Mavhu kept on coming into my head that's why I ended up using Mavhu," she adds.

The Nottingham-based dressmaker, who is getting orders from all over Britain and as far as Zimbabwe, Malaysia, Spain, Sweden, Germany, South Africa and the United States of America, says her venture into dressmaking is a dream come true because she always wanted to do something different.