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Indian Fabric Fashion Show, Silent Auction to Raise Money for UW Student Project

November 10, 2011 — An Indian Fabric Design Challenge fashion show and silent auction to raise funds for the University of Wyoming Indian Students Organization's "Keep Girls in School Project" will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, in the Wyoming Union Ballroom.

Participants are encouraged to visit and place bids on items made and to vote for the People's Choice Award. Tickets cost $1 each or six for $5. All proceeds go toward the "Keep Girls in School Project" that raises money for the Aarti Home in Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh, India.

Following the fashion show and silent auction, a screening of the Bollywood film, "Namastey London" will be shown.

Last month, 29 pieces of black and red fabric were handed out to students, faculty and local community members interested in helping with the project. Participants were asked to make fashion items including garments, cushions, covers, or quilts, among other designs.

"India is known for its textiles," says Bonnie Zare, women's studies professor at UW. "We thought this would be a fun way to enjoy the color and creativity of Indian culture while simultaneously helping underprivileged children gain a brighter future."

Aarti Home, which was founded in 1992, gives 100 children the opportunity to have a home, family and education. Aarti Home also offers computer and tailoring classes to disadvantaged adult women in nearby villages. As part of the event, the women of Aarti home have made hand-embroidered pillow covers to be raffled.

For more information, contact Michaella Mackay Kaszuba at

An Indian Fabric Design Challenge fashion show and silent auction will raise funds for children such as these at India's Aarti Home. (Bonnie Zare Photo)

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