General Info & Fibershed Resources

Sourcing Regional Textiles & Dyes

We’ve created a digital Regional Source Book for local and pan-regional farm-forward fabrics produced in California and other Western States. Swatch books will be available to participants soon.

More sourcing resources are found in this section below.

Designing for Healthy & Resilient Ecosystems

Our current globalized textile industry is responsible for pollution across the supply chain and is a significant contributor to emissions driving global climate change. We can re-design for regionalized, soil-to-soil systems that improve ecosystem and community health while providing for our material needs.

Designing for Healthy & Resilient Communities

Textile design can help support healthy resilient communities, causing a ripple effect that makes consumers less reliant on global supply networks that harm communities and ecosystems. Regional focus and connection allows you to discover culturally relevant opportunities to support resilience. 

Professional Development/Technical Focus Areas

As you design with the local land and people in mind and the above components, we encourage you to incorporate the following technical design focus areas into your prototypes:

  • Compostability: Utilization of natural fibers and dyes that begin and end with the soil, including notion material choices such as threads and closures.
  • Longevity: High quality designs and materials that reflect long-lasting use, repairability, adaptability, and mobility in every component of the piece.
  • Zero Waste Design: Garment and pattern design to prevent fabric waste.

More resources to be added throughout the Design Challenge.