Friday Night Vi-EWE-ing – the 150 mile wardrobe

Good evening WOVEMBERISTS! This evening’s Friday Night Vi-EWE-ing follows on from today’s earlier and highly recommended post from Kylie Gusset. Kylie closed her discussion by speaking about the importance of buying “close to farmer fibres” and sourcing textiles from within a 100-mile radius. This inspiring film made in the USA focuses on a very similar project: Rebecca Burgess speaks here about sourcing all the textiles within her wardrobe from within a 150-mile radius.

Burgess has subsequently founded Fibershed – “an international system of regional textile communities that enliven connection and ownership of ‘soil-to-soil’ textile processes”. WOOL is a pretty key component within the Fibershed project, as you may imagine! Rebecca Burgess also speaks really beautifully in this film about collaborating with other makers to create a locally-produced wardrobe.

This film was created by Kirsten Dirksen and is available to view on her channel on YouTube.

This entry was posted by Felicity Ford.

5 thoughts on “Friday Night Vi-EWE-ing – the 150 mile wardrobe

  1. Very interesting, but the fiber witin my 150-mile radius is all cotton, and all of that is grown with intensive chemicals. Northern Californians could accomplish this, but not folks who live in much of the rest of the US.

    • I couldn’t source all my fibres within 150mile radius either but I found the sentiment very inspiring if not immediately implementable. She speaks in fibershed project about defining a catchment area… For me that is the UK which is a very large geographic area compared to 150miles. And I do not always manage. The point of sharing the film is not to be dogmatic but to inspire ways of looking at immediate landscape and areas for clothes.

  2. This reminds me what a fiber economy looked like for early Americans. People had few clothes, but they made them last and sourced them locally…because they had to. . And due to the challenge of little technology back then and the very beginning of transportation..this was necessary. People also had skills. Everyone knitted their own socks instead of spending the winter watching tv. So the fibershed is an experiment in creating the village economy of yesteryear. And there in real value here…and might become necessary again if global economies collapsed. I hope that more folks embrace skills again..and not just be consumers.

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