Along the same theme as the “Lynda Collection”, the following dresses were designed and made in honor of Wisconsin women who cared deeply about the lives of women in Nicaragua.
The Sherin Dress: Sherin devoted her final 20 years to facilitating projects that would help improve the quality of live for women in Nicaragua. “... I made another leap off a lily pad, agreeing to spend my last decade of professional life to make a difference...” She most definitely made a difference as many of the Chica Nica sewers attribute Sherin as their inspiration. Sadly, Sherin passed away in 2009 following a tragic accident in Nicaragua. With green being her favorite color, the dress in corporates her initial “S” in the designs. Click here to read more about Sherin’s life and involvement with Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners. Click here to view the Sherin Dress.
The June Dress: Sherin’s mother June was an accomplished sewer and dress maker. She made clothing for her children as they were growing up and crafts of all kinds throughout her life. June passed away at the age of 99 in 2016. Naming one of the latest dress fashions in memory of June was announced during the June 2017 Quarterly Meeting and is now available, click here.
The Ellen Dress: In 1979, two dynamic women, Ellen Maurer from Verona, WI and Doña Angélica Pavón from Los Cedros, Nicaragua had a vision. Rural Nicaraguan women were desperate for training to develop the skills that would provide meaningful income while enabling them to remain in their communities to care for their families. Ellen and Doña Angélica started the first Sewing Center in Nicaragua. Today there are more than 60 Learning Centers teaching valuable skills and creating sustainable community development. The latest style dress crafted in Los Cedros, is dedicated in memory of Ellen and the life changing impact she had on many women in Nicaragua. Click here.