August, 2018

Volume 41, No. 4

ITAA Members Experience Uzbekistan


Mary Littrell and Jana Hawley, Tour Coordinators


Travelers include: Donna Baugh, Ashley Kim, Catherine Burnham, Harriet McLeod, Emma Trayte, Mary Littrell, Jana Hawley, Karen Robinette, Marilyn Murphy, Virginia Noon, Nancy Rutherford, Andy Reilly, Mary Lynn Damhorst, Missy Bye, Sherry Schofield, Sandra Evenson, and Jane Hegland

Over a thousand years, ending in the 15th century, trading caravans traveled the Silk Road between China and the Mediterranean, exchanging silk, food, livestock, paper, metals and gems—as well as religions, technologies, languages, and arts.  Some 600 years later, 18 ITAA members embarked on this same road—this time exploring the rich textile traditions that have evolved in Uzbekistan.


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Rangina Hamidi, Founder of Kandahar Treasure


2018 Janet Else Visiting Scholar



Rangina Hamidi was born in Afghanistan, fled with her family to Pakistan during the Soviet occupation of her country, and eventually immigrated to the United States.  In 2003, Rangina returned to Afghanistan to help rebuild her country after the fall of the Taliban and occupation by Allied forces.  Using her leadership and management skills, she founded Kandahar Treasure in 2008, the first women-owned and women-run business in Kandahar Province.  Kandahar Treasure grew to over 400 women who produce exquisite hand-embroidered textiles for apparel and home décor while working in a central workshop and their homes.


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Graduate Student Liaison Report


By Sergio Bedford, Graduate Student Liaison


Who made the clothes you are wearing right now? As I look at the “Made In” labels of what I’m wearing right now, I can’t say that I know. Made in China. Made in Bangladesh. Made in the USA (I was shocked at this!). Made in Thailand. Even though I’d say I am more aware than the average consumer, I am still often unaware of where my clothes come from.


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Call for Graduate Student Liaison Nominees


Please nominate a graduate student (or yourself!) to serve as liaison representative to ITAA council for a one-year term starting January 2019. The Graduate Student Liaison is responsible for maintaining and monitoring graduate student communications, events, elections, and records. The liaison also proposes special topic sessions and newsletter articles to address emerging issues important to graduate students. The liaison attends annual and mid-year Council meetings and prepares bi-annual reports for Council review. This is great experience for future service to the organization.

Eligible students must be ITAA members and a first or second year doctoral student by fall 2018. A student vita, a brief vision statement regarding the candidate’s role as liaison, and faculty endorsement by letter of recommendation should be sent c/o Barbara Frazier, VP Education, to The deadline for nominations is September 14, 2018. The election will take place electronically in October 2018. All graduate student members are eligible to vote in the election.



Are You Ready for Cleveland?


To make it easier for you to prepare for the 2018 ITAA conference in Cleveland we have put together some information that may help you in your planning.


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Upcoming Deadlines

View calls and links below.


September 14:  Graduate Student Liaison Nominations

September 15:  Blanche Payne Award (Deadline Extended)

September 15:  Eden International Design Award (Deadline Extended)

September 15:  2018 Annual Conference Early Registration Deadline

October 1:  University of Fashion - Laurence King  Contest

October 10: Sustainability in Fashion Joint Conference submissions

Career and Life Suggestions from ITAA Members to ITAA Members:  Results of 2017 Inter-generational Mentoring Workshop


Jung Ha-Brookshire; Nancy Ann Rudd; Kristen Morris; Tameka Ellington; Lynn Boorady Veena Chattaraman; Sharron Lennon


Today, some 11,000 Americans are turning 65 years of age each day and more and more millennials are entering into the workforce every day. To respond to such demographic changes in the workplace, large companies, such as Coca Cola, have initiated programs that will strengthen intergenerational discussion within the company. Professional organizations are also organizing various formats of intergenerational mentorship, including the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), and members of the American Institute of Certified Planners College of Fellows (FAICP).


TAPAC Update

By Carol Warfield, TAPAC Executive Director


Lots of exciting things are happening with TAPAC!  See TAPAC Bylaws, Policies and Procedures, and Accreditation Standards as well as members of the Board of Commissioners (BOC) as posted on the website:

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Student Fellowships and Awards


Undergraduate Students:

Details for all awards provided via the following site:

  • Eden Travel International Design Award – Deadline Extended to September 15
  • Blanche Payne Award – Deadline Extended to September 1


Sustainability in Fashion

Regent's University London - ITAA

Joint Conference


Tuesday 30 July - Thursday 1 August 2019

Regent's University London

Inner Circle, Regent's Park, London, UK


                         Call for Papers

Professional Development Opportunities

Explore opportunities on the ITAA Website in the Professional Development Center.  You are welcome to submit information about your academic programs, study tours, and special programs at no cost.  Open positions cost $150 to post, but the fee also includes distribution of the full announcement to ITAA members.  Contact Nancy Rutherford, for more information.


Since the Last Newsletter

Positions Posted

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Associate Professor / Assistant Professor in Fashion Design (2 positions)

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Assistant Professor in Fashion Business

Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Coordinator for the Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Technical Apparel Design Program


Special Calls and Announcements

Contest/Give-Away, University of Fashion - Laurence King Publishing

Research Symposium: The Future of Design, University of Minnesota

Menswear: Business to Style (2nd edition), Book by Michael P. Londrigan

Call for Papers: Textile and Apparel Trade and Trade Publishing

Call for Papers: Lifestyle, Health & Fashion Branding (deadline extended)

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