64-year-old Chirumhanzu woman who has been doing the doilies business for a long time has fused the popular doily fashion with current fashion trends.

Zimbabwe is one of the countries where women used to sustain their families by making doilies and other crocheting business. 

However, Chirumhanzu’s Lydia Chivandire has revamped the doily business in the country with the introduction of trendy fashion designs to the old crocheting designs.

The designer who got a chance to exhibit her prowess at the Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA) this year started the knitting business many years ago.

Speaking to the ZBC News, Chivandire said she never stopped doing doilies and knitting but she is now following the current trends and has since introduced modern fashion styles to her knitting, crocheting and embroidery skills.

Although most women abandoned this crocheting business, it has been noted that knitwear, crotchet and embroidery business is still viable as it resembles the real African experience.

Zimbabwean women used to sustain their families by making doilies and sell them to other countries beyond our borders, especially South Africa.