Bridging Material Culture and Agroecology
What would it look like to work with the cycles of place while developing textiles? Fibershed’s Fiber Visions project models opportunities to produce materials grounded in seasonal cycles, ecological restoration, and fair jobs. We invite you to learn about wool, cotton, and dogbane in the Northern and Central California regional context, and join us in envisioning a fiber economy from field to manufacturing.
What would it look like to honor the principles that underlie Indigenous stewardship and use of dogbane in all the relationships that meet our material needs? How could this shape gardens, farms, and landscapes?
How can cotton contribute to regenerating soil health in California? Both a wardrobe staple and an agricultural mainstay, cotton is an annual crop that could be produced in a way that restores carbon levels, healthy nitrogen cycling, and water-holding capacity to the landscape. With regional manufacturing, the journey from field to fashion can reduce the footprint of our everyday textile goods.
What does it look like when wool production contributes to resilient landscapes and communities? Wool is a natural “performance fiber” produced in abundance in the Northern California Fibershed. Grazing sheep can restore soil health while processing wool from raw fiber to finished product can revitalize regional manufacturing.
Photos by Paige Green, illustrations by Amanda Coen