Where is fiber grown & raised in your community? How is fabric made, and who sews, knits, or makes clothing?
Exploring these questions presents the opportunity to get to know your fibershed — the geographical landscape that defines and gives boundaries to a natural textile resource base. Awareness of this bioregional designation engenders appreciation, connectivity, and sensitivity for the life-giving resources within our homelands.
As part of the Fibershed Affiliates, we are grounded in place-based community organizing efforts that work to connect fiber farmers, processors and artisans. Fibershed offers Affiliate members ways to share stories, and enhance their organizing efforts, through online Webinars, social media, networking, and project feedback.
Explore and get involved in your bioregion.
From design challenges to community education projects, the Fibershed Affiliate network includes over 40 groups worldwide with a diverse array of interests and a shared goal of strengthening regional fiber systems.
Examples of these Fibershed efforts include:
- CT Fibershed is collaborating with fiber producers and artisans to educate Connecticut consumers on the products and services that each of our members can provide within their own communities.
- The CT Fibershed Supply Chain Program is a network of farmers, growers, designers, sewers, weavers, knitters, felters, spinners, mill owners and natural dyers living and working within the State of Connecticut.
- Promoting natural dyeing and fiber arts classes that embrace or raise awareness for materials sourced locally
- Collaborating with publishers and local businesses in support of fiber producers and artisan interviews within our state
- Creating a short film that explores your fiber system, like ‘A Fibreshed for London‘ by Jessica Smulders Cohen of the Greater London Fibreshed Affiliate
- Challenging oneself to create a ‘totally local’ ensemble, as organized by the One Year One Outfit Affiliate (organizer Nicki Taylor, shown at right in Australian grown & sewn garments)
- Members raising funds to bring fiber processing equipment and skills to our region.
For those interested in CT Fibershed and would like to join or help promote please contact us!