Inspiración del Perú: Blending Fashion with Conservation

One of 12 featured international artists, Jose Zafra, designed this couture inspired by cacao, which is grown as a sustainable crop at Hoja Nueva and will be imported to Seattle for chocolate manufacturing. This spring, A-DOT Productions is hosting a Peruvian-themed benefit, Inspiración del Perú, to raise money for Hoja Nueva, a nonprofit SEFS doctoral student Sam Zwicker cofounded to help local communities along the Las Piedras River in Peru develop more sustainable agricultural practices.

The benefit, coming up on Wednesday, May 11, from 2 to 10 p.m. at Metropolist in Seattle, will feature an eco-fashion show, “Runway to Peru;” a Peruvian marketplace; VIP cacao, chocolate and cocktail tasting hour; an auction of crafts, designs and artwork; and live music and performance art by local and international artists, all inspired by the colorful scenes of Peru.

​All proceeds go directly to benefit Hoja Nueva, and each ticket will help protect at least five acres of rainforest and plant one cacao tree in the Piedras region of the Amazon, home to the largest unprotected rainforest in the world. In addition to the positive environmental impacts these donations will make—including protecting endangered wildlife habitat and combating global climate change—this event will support cacao trees that will produce fair-trade and organic ingredients for Seattle-based chocolate manufacturers. Proceeds will also support Hoja Nueva’s other projects involving sustainability, community development, wildlife conservation and reforestation.

Partners for the benefit include A-DOT Productions and Hoja Nueva, the Peruvian Consulate, AVEDA, National Geographic’s NOVICA, and the many artists participating in the runway show and performances.

It’s going to be a tremendous evening of student-driven ideas and energy, so check out the full event program and get your tax-deductible tickets today!

Photos © Ava Holmes.

One of 12 featured international artists, Jose Zafra, designed this couture inspired by cacao, which is grown as a sustainable crop at Hoja Nueva and will be imported to Seattle for chocolate manufacturing.

One of 12 featured international artists, Jose Zafra, designed this couture inspired by cacao, which is grown as a sustainable crop at Hoja Nueva and will be imported to Seattle for chocolate manufacturing in the next couple years.

 

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