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Fashion show of clothing from around the world
The JAARS fashion show of clothing from around the world was one of the many events organized by the MRMS globalization committee during International Week at MRMS, which ran from February 20 to February 24. Judy Vander Ploeg, Sue Schmidt, and Sherry Lorei, representatives from JAARS, the museum of the alphabet in Waxhaw, NC, coordinated the event with the MRMS globalization committee and MRMS Junior Beta club.
Beta Club students modeled both men’s and women’s traditional clothing donated to JAARS by workers and volunteers from around the world. The outfits ranged from simple and plain to elaborate and elegant. Caitlin Heilferty strutted down the improvised runway in a colorful Ghanaian dress decorated with a Kente pattern. Kente cloth, Sue Schmidt explained, is considered a sacred cloth which is sometimes hand-woven with threads of gold and is typically worn by Ghana’s royal family. Sophia Pina wore a beautiful aqua blue sari with silver embroidery from India. Made with up to 6 yards of cloth, the sari is wrapped around the body and then folded and tucked in at the waist. The end of the material is then tossed over the shoulder or in older women draped around the head.
The fashion show, a hit with all the grade levels, was only one of the many events organized to celebrate our cultural diversity and global awareness during International Week. The week culminated with a community-wide International Festival held at MRMS. Parents, students and community members set up booths sharing food, posters and information about their cultural heritage.
Written by: Brita Mann
Posted: Mar 26, 2012 by Brita Mann