Local Fashion, Global Impact at K-State

June 2020
At Midnight CDT
July 2020
At Midnight CDT

About Our Auction

All funds support sustainable Fashion Studies projects at K-State.

The LOCAL FASHION, GLOBAL IMPACT project allows students to apply sustainable fashion, color, and construction practices while connecting them to the global supply chain.

All funds will go towards materials needed to sustain this project. The goal is to continue this project on an annual basis, ensuring that K-State students are educated on sustainable practices and that the women of Choa Cruz can benefit socially and economically from this partnership.

About The Sustainable Fashion Studies Project Fund

The LOCAL FASHION, GLOBAL IMPACT project began in January 2018 when the Fashion Studies students at K-State traveled to Guatemala for a study tour and met women of the Choa Cruz weaving cooperative. Women in this community live on approximately $0.76 - $1.25 a day.

Purchasing fabric for one fashion studies project at K-State increases the monthly earning of a Choa Cruz weaver by 13% and allows them to buy necessities such as chickens for both eggs and meat.

In the fall of 2018, fashion design students used the fabric from Choa Cruz to construct their first sewing project. The students were introduced to natural dye techniques and used leaves from the K-State tree walk to design prints for a wrap skirt.

In 2019, Emily Oertling was awarded a Green Action Fund grant to sustain the project -- thus removing all financial responsibilities from students and faculty, while ensuring an annual order of hand-loomed fabric from the Choa Cruz cooperative. Students again dyed and constructed skirts which were auctioned in July 2020.

In the fall of 2020, a team of three students, Tamara McConnell, Jaxson Metzler, and Martha Hill, created six naturally dyed totes.

These sustainable totes and undyed yardage are now available for purchase through a silent auction.

Directly donate to the project here: https://commerce.cashnet.com/LFGI

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