Anchal Project, Kentucky College of Art + Design hold a design contest

Sisters Maggie Clines, right, and Colleen Clines with Louisville based Anchal Project work primarily with women in India that have been forced in to the sex trade and trafficked. The non-profit has trained 200 women, providing new textile and design skills and jobs, since the project began eight years ago.

Anchal Project, a Louisville-based nonprofit social enterprise whose eco-friendly products have been sold in Anthropologie, Madewell and the Guggenheim Museum and been featured in Harper’s Bazaar, Better Homes & Gardens, CNN, and Vogue is partnering with The Kentucky College of Art + Design to help raise awareness during January’s National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

The school, 505 W Ormsby Ave., is the only independent four-year college of art and design in the state of Kentucky. During the collaboration, one KyCAD student’s design will be chosen and they will have the opportunity to work with the creative team at Anchal Project to create a limited edition collection quilt. The student design contest runs now through Sunday, Jan. 31.

To date, Anchal Project has impacted the lives of more than 400 exploited women around the world. By combining textiles, sustainable dyes, and home and fashion design, the nonprofit business founded by sisters Colleen and Maggie Clines, supports its mission of addressing the exploitation of women around the world by using design thinking to create employment opportunities, products and markets that support empowerment.

When cold, Style Maker Gray Middleton loves to snuggle up with her quilts from the Anchal Project.

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“We are honored to partner with the incredible team at Anchal Project to help raise awareness for National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month,” said Moira Scott Payne, KyCAD president. “Their passion for changing lives around the world through design right here in Louisville is inspirational. We hope this educational and eye-opening initiative will provoke our students to use their creative talents to impact others.”

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