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Earth Month @ Mann Library

April is Sustainable Fashion Month at Mann Library, and we have a variety of events and exhibits focused on textiles, fashion, and sustainability happening all month long!


Tuesday, April 11, 4pm

Mann Library, Room 102

Threads: Sustaining India’s Textile Traditions. The Cornell and Ithaca area public are warmly invited to a screening of a documentary film co-directed by professor of communication Katherine Sender. Threads: Sustaining India’s Textile Tradition follows the stories of fashion designers and fabric artisans as they transform traditional textile practices for contemporary fashion markets. The screening will be followed by a Q&A discussion with Professor Sender.


Thursday, April 13, 11am to 3pm

Mann Library Lobby

Clothing Exchange with Cornell Thrift and  Epsilon Eta. Cornell Thrift, Epsilon Eta, and Mann Library are partnering to hold a clothing exchange in the Mann lobby that that can spruce up your wardrobe and help you put sustainable fashion into practice. Come get FREE thrifted items and donate any clothes you may not want anymore (but please note: donations are optional and not required to take clothes!). This event is free and open to all Cornell students and staff. 


Friday, April 14, 12-2pm

Mann Library, Room 102

Sew Creative: Hands-on Workshop in Basic Stitching (registration required). Interested in trying your hand at some fiber arts but don’t have a sewing machine? No problem! Learn the basics of hand stitching in this in-person workshop. You will learn the running stitch, back stitch, invisible (hem) stitch, blanket stitch, and chain stitch. We will also discuss applications for each. No prior sewing experience is required. Materials for the class will be provided. 


These events are happening in conjunction with Mann’s spring 2023 exhibits, “Threading the Needle: Weaving Traditions into Contemporary Textile Art” (Mann Gallery) and “Sustaining Style: Towards Responsible Fashion” (Mann Lobby). These exhibits are part of Cornell University Library’s Threads of History: Textiles Across Cornell programming occurring across campus in 2022/2023.