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K-State Today

September 30, 2019

Apparel and textiles students place in national Alpaca design competition

Submitted by College of Health and Human Sciences

Two apparel and textiles students have received awards in the 16th annual Alpaca Owners Association's student design competition.

Faith Janssen, senior, Emporia, took second place and Sahar Ejeimi, doctoral student, Manhattan, took fourth in the annual event. K-State has a strong history of participation and success within this competition, winning 18 awards since 2004.

The competition was created to promote the use of alpaca fiber in fashion, textile and interior design at the fundamental level of educational institutions. This year's theme was "Alpaca: The Earth Friendly Fiber." Participants in the contest were asked to submit a presentation board, swatches, and a one-page essay of how alpaca properties and benefits influenced design decisions.

Both students were awarded scholarships and were invited as guests of honor to the 2019 Student Design Retreat at the Natural Fiber Extravaganza powered by the Alpaca Owners Association in Lebanon, Tennessee, in July. Their designs will be spotlighted in the award-winning nationally distributed publication Alpacas Magazine.