Tohatchi fashion show features clothes made of recycled material

By Shondiin Silversmith
Navajo Times

TOHATCHI, May 1, 2014

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(Times photos – Donovan Quintero)

TOP: Samira Jake, a freshman at Tohatchi High School, poses with what she plans to make a dress from using old newspaper and plastic, on April 22 at Tohatchi High in Tohatchi.

MIDDLE: A Tohatchi High School student models a dress she and her classmates made from used Doritos chips bags on April 23 in Tohatchi.

BOTTOM: Tohatchi High classmates Katrina Tsosie and Brittany Gleason work on their dress made from old newspaper on April 22 in Tohatchi.

While some search for fashionable clothes for a great price at the flea market or thrift store, the Tohatchi High students looked in the trash.

To celebrate Earth Day and fashion, Tohatchi High students put up the "Sustaining our Earth" event on April 23, which included a fashion show featuring work by the students.

Science Teacher Desiree Patterson said that the students had to show their ability to reduce, reuse and recycle by creating an outfit out of recycled material.

It was junior class project for students in Rolanda Francis's chemistry and environmental science class.

"I wanted them to experience something hands on. I wanted to celebrate their student work and student talent," Francis said. "It was something fun and different."

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