Institute of Draped Clothes

Newsletter 1, September 1999

 

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your warm support for the creation of the Institute of Draped Clothes. I am a bit overwhelmed by your response and enthusiasm, but very much encouraged.
Thanks to you, IDC is becoming a reality.

Summary:
1. news
2. related links
3. draping goes to "Burning Man"
4. active members urgently needed!
5. membership: visit our new and improved site!
6. logo: please send your ideas!
7. press releases wanted
8. a personal note from Chantal

1. News:

*** IDC has started its life as an internet creature. The web site provides information and links about draped clothes. It also helps members link with each other. We are now looking at the creation of non-profit organisations in each country.

*** If you know or participate in an event, web site, etc. connected with draping, please let us know. This "news" feature is yours!

2. Related links:

About the Burning Man Festival:
http://www.burningman.com

Web sites about saris:
http://www.devi.net/shakti/sari/

*** Can you suggest a link? please let us know!

3. Draping goes to "Burning Man":
Randal Smith intends to promote IDC at the upcoming art festival, Burning Man.
The festival takes place in the Black Rock Desert of northern Nevada. The environment is a dry lake bed of alkali clay. Part of the fun of the festival is wearing costumes. Some people dress in harmony with the arid environment by wearing traditional desert clothing, and some choose to mock the harsh environment and apply a touch of irony by wearing tropical sarongs. Still others make a vote for hedonism by wearing togas. Though what you see most, is body paint and clay. In any case, draping is popular, yet people have no reference to teach them the traditional methods. He hopes to take on some of this responsibility.

4. Active members urgently needed!
Now is time to give legal structures to IDC! Being on the Internet has a lot of advantages (like being worldwide and easily accessible), but a HUGE drawback: we cannot accept membership fees or donations. Unfortunately, we cannot have a worldwide incorporated non-profit structure. IDC needs to be set up independently in each country interested. In Great Britain, that is being taken care of.
We need active members ready take on the organisation of IDC-USA or other national IDCs. If you feel you have time, enthusiasm and commitment to create your local branch of IDC, please send an Email to: <IDC@devi.net>. You will be put in touch with other active members in your country to coordinate your efforts. You will also receive the Email of the members who have offered to contribute in your country. I will do what I can to assist you in creating your local branch of IDC.

5. Membership: visit our new and improved site!
We are now accepting basic, active and research memberships (on an Internet basis). If you wish to be a sponsor member, please let us know. As soon as IDC is registered in your country we will get in touch with you.
Please check our membership web page.

6. Logo: please send your ideas!
We need a logo... If you want to design it, please send your logo as a JPEG or GIF file to <IDC@devi.net>. All the logos will be posted on a web page and members will choose which one they prefer.

7. Writers wanted:
We need writers for writing releases to send out to newspapers, magazines, museums, universities, etc... Some are already available on our web site. If you wish to contribute, please contact us at:
<IDC@devi.net>.... thank you!

8. A personal note from Chantal:
Thank you for your support. As you can imagine, I get lots of Emails and I may take more time than usual to answer. August was a hard month because a lot of people I wanted to contact were on vacation, and I was very busy looking for a new place to live in London. I will have more time in September and hopefully our Newsletter 2 will carry some important news.
I am always very happy to have any question, suggestion, criticism.
If you have some links to suggest, please let me know!
If you wish to write something for the newsletter, please do so and Email it to me.
Thank you and best wishes!
Chantal

Institute of Draped Clothes

Temporary address:
IDC, c/o Chantal Boulanger
76 Barons Court Road
London W14 9DU
Great Britain

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