If Colombia has a fame of having very beautiful women, we can not ignore that Colombia is a Latin American center of fashion, thanks to its development in the textile industry since the beginning of the 20th century. Of course, the industries were settled in big cities like Bogotá, Medellín, Cali and Barranquilla, but it is not more like this. Other centers are becoming important. The example is Palmira, an industrial center of the Valle del Cauca State, that is ready for its Expomoda 2009 on 3rd of May.
Fashion events are the main proof of the development of this commercial and industrial area in a country. Colombia has vocation in this with several schools of modeling and fashion events. Among the most important the country celebrates Expomoda Colombia in Medellín and Plataforma X in Barranquilla.
Palmira is showing that it has many to show in the sector of fashion in an international level. Its event, Expomoda 2009, will be also the opportunity to show the urban development and economical growing in the last years.
At the center of a region of agriculture with sugar as its first production and a lively commerce and industry, Palmira is not far from Cali, the State capital of Valle del Cauca.
This year the fashion exposition has the motto “Marcando territorio, el Valle está de Moda” – Marking Territory, the Valle [del Cauca] is Fashion, – and it want to show Palmira as the City Marketing with spectacular productions in sites like the old Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, the municipal wood and the Railway Station.
But fashion will not have in Palmira just an idea of vanity, as for many it is. The program will include the concept of environment protection in this time of global warming as a promotion. Such idea will be exhibit in the designs called by the Palmireans as “social fashion.”
Traditionally, Bogotá, Cali, Medellín, Barranquilla and Cartagena are presented as big cities with a great infrastructure. But we forget that Colombia as an urban nation (70 percent of Colombians live in cities), has other important centers. By its part, Palmira is considered one of the most important cities of the country that is not capital of any of the States.
Located in an industrial area of the State of Valle del Cauca, Palmira has one of the biggest zones of Colombia with a dynamic commercial activity in products like medicine, textile, graphic art, plastic and others. The Pacific Zone generates 3,500 direct employees, it has 67 enterprises among industry and commerce.
Another aspect that shows a city of progress is the presence of the Universities Zone. For this reason, Expomoda 2009 will have an event dedicated to the youth, The Night Fashion Youth, at the end of the event.
Palmira is the only Colombian town with a Museum of Transport. It was opened 11 years ago and has important peaces of the history of transport in the South American country.
The city is also the territory of the International Airport Alfonso Bonilla Aragón. The airport gives its services to the city of Cali, few kilometers away from Palmira. It is also the 4th Latin American airport with the most modern equipment
If you go to the Valle del Cauca, you will see necessary with sugar. The sugar plantations became a tourist attraction and Palmira has several of them, like Ingenio Providencia, one of the biggest of Colombia and Ingenio Manuelita.
A city with two stadiums, a center of congresses, a natural reserve (Nirvana National Park, 16 kilometers from downtown) and many other things, is a city for an international event like Expomoda 2009.