A national dress will be worn for the first time at this year’s Independence Celebrations scheduled to be held in Bulawayo.
A Matabeleland South provincial stakeholders consultative meeting on the national dress which was held in Gwanda Town on Wednesday selected emerald lime as the suitable fabric for the national dress.
Gwanda District Development Co-ordinator, Kiliboni Ndou implored youths to embrace the national dress, saying it is important in that it signifies unity and identity. She said:
We had discussions as a province and chose emerald lime as a suitable fabric for the national dress. The fabric we chose encompasses all cultures not only in Matabeleland South but the entire nation. It has colours of the flag, the Zimbabwean bird and the chevron pattern which makes it suitable.
We will embrace the national dress and we hope youths will embrace it as well. The national dress is very important as it signifies unity and identity just as the national flag. We hope that as time goes on the national dress will not only be worn during State functions but we will have designated days where all citizens wear it.
The issue of the national dress was initially raised in 2005 but there was little progress made, with the matter resurrected by First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa recently.