Tea, auction to help poor of Timor | AspenTimes.com

Tea, auction to help poor of Timor

Aspen Times Staff Report

A group of local activists and artists will host a Ceremonial Tea & Benefit fashion show at the Maroon Creek Club tomorrow, at 4 p.m. The event is open to the public for a $25 donation.The “Timor: Support a Culture – Feed the People” project was started several years ago by longtime local women’s activist Joanie Klar and some of her friends in Bali. The program aims to help women in Timor who are suffering from political and environmental devastation.Before the recent political upheaval and war in Timor, the people of that region were already suffering from starvation brought on by droughts and political oppression. Klar said that on a trip to Timor she saw villagers eating bark off of trees and walking several kilometers to get water.The Timor women are masterful weavers of ceremonial “ikat” weavings. The projects began with Klar and her friends taking rice and thread into the villages to keep the people eating and weaving. “Support a Culture” is now involved in marketing the women’s weaving, as well as bamboo beetle nut containers carved by Timor men.The fashion show will include “local characters of all generations,” who will showcase some of the best designers in Bali who are supporting the Timor project. Timorese weavings and carvings will also be available for sale, as well as silent auction items that include everything from a week’s stay in Bali at the Four Seasons to a “witching” by Art Pfister and 18 holes of golf at the Maroon Creek Club.A portion of the money raised from sales at the tea and fashion show will go directly to the people of Timor.To RSVP, or for more information, call Klar at 923-3775, or e-mail her at joanieklar@aol.com.


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