Fair Trade presentation, exhibit planned at UW-Fond du Lac
Kathleen Stetter will discuss Fair Trade 101 at Sept. 20 event
FOND DU LAC – The University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac Student Government Association, along with the Multicultural Club is exploring becoming a Fair Trade University.
The public is welcome to learn more during the presentation, Fair Trade 101, from 12:30 to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at UW-Fond du Lac in Room UC-114, by Kathleen Stetter from the Just Fare Education Committee and senior lecturer emeritus from UW-Oshkosh. Johnathan Stroud, UW-Fond du Lac SGA president, enlisted the help of Just Fare Market for an introduction to Fair Trade.
The presentation will be followed by a reception and viewing of an exhibit of Fair Trade products in the Oberreich Gallery in the University Center Commons at UW-Fond du Lac. Just Fare will display selected handcrafted Fair Trade art items with the universal themes “tree of life” and “family” Sept. 20 to Oct. 27.
One of the featured art objects will be the silk, embroidered Heirloom Tree of Dreams wall hanging. The master craftsman Israfil works with Zordozi Original, a workshop of a handicraft marketing organization in Kolkata, India.
Artisans in this group create simple and decorative embroidery. Both men and women work on the embroidery, although it is the men who create the most complex pieces — works of art that require enormous amounts of time to complete.
Israfil has been doing skilled embroidery for the past 15 years. The art of embroidery is practiced throughout Israfil’s village and is a way of life for the artisans. Many of the complex designs originated in the Mughal period, when artisans used embroidery to decorate the ornate costumes of the elite class.
Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, fdl.uwc.edu.