Our reviews of the symposium events concludes with this post on the Wrap Party. Our auctions have become something of a sensation. This year in addition to complete outfits of Maiwa clothing, some great pieces of furniture, collections of dyes and supplies for the budding (or accomplished) artisan, books, and leather bags; we had Qiviuk sweaters from Qiviuk Boutique and shawls from Bappa Biswas's Bai Lou. All in all we had over 30 separate lots up for auction that raised over eleven thousand dollars for the Maiwa Foundation. The auction moves fast, is full of excitement and is a wonderful opportunity to get a great deal or just participate in the magic of an auction.
All sales at the Maiwa store were also donated to the Maiwa Foundation and this raised an additional four thousand dollars. As ever we had the raffle girls: Dani and Sophena who drew lots for a collection of door prizes. It wasn't all about highly motivated fundraising though, we also had a chance to cut some time on the dance floor groovin' to the sounds of Jamie Dale and Midnite Drive.
All too soon the evening was over and we were stacking chairs, and that was the end of the Maiwa Textile Symposium 2009. It was a high water mark for us, the best Symposium ever. Did you attend the event? Comments are welcome.