Hosted by Fibershed Executive Director Rebecca Burgess, Weaving Voices tells the stories of our textile culture. We learn from communities that have enduring textile recipes that have lasted for multiple millennia, a complete contrast to the current and contemporary system dependent on fossil carbon and volume-based production models.
If you wear clothes, you’ll want to tune into these stories about how the dominant narrative, imagery and trends try to tell us what is “appropriate” and good to wear. And how most of the time, this leaves out the voices, lives and daily realities of the people, animals and landscapes that make our clothing possible.
Ep 1: The Economic Waters We Swim In
In the first episode, we speak with Jason Hickel, an economic anthropologist and author. From the end of feudalism to the violent imposition of capitalism, they discuss the historic political, social and ecological threads that led to the economic model we now exist within. They also discuss why, under capitalism, the current reliance on growthism is unsustainable and what needs to be done to change course.
Listen to Ep. 1: “The Economic Waters We Swim In”
For additional reading, you can check out Jason’s book, “Less Is More: How Degrowth Will Save the World“.
Duration: 41:42 | Full Transcript | Listen on Apple Podcasts & Spotify
Ep 2: Mulberry Trees, Silk Moths & Modern Sustainability Measurements
Silk is a natural protein fiber that some caterpillars produce to protect themselves inside a cocoon. In the Brazilian variety, a silk cocoon is made of one filament that is 1.2 kilometers, or about three-quarters of a mile! Eight cocoons are then reeled together to produce the most common raw silk yarn. The resulting textile is not only durable, but also insulating.
However, the fiber has been deemed unsustainable by a privately funded textile sustainability tool known as the Higg Material Sustainability Index, the most common tool used by the global fashion industry to make sustainability assessments. Why is this? In episode two, Rebecca Burgess speaks with agronomist Joao Berdu and analyst Veronica Kassatly about how silk production helps rural communities, empowers women and is light on the earth. They also unpack how big business tries to push it down, in favor of more polluting, yet cheaper fabrics, like plastic.
Listen to Ep. 2: Mulberry Trees, Silk Moths & Modern Sustainability Measurements
Duration: 33:23 | Full Transcript | Listen on Apple Podcasts & Spotify
Our Soil to Soil Podcast connects the dots in the lifecycle of clothing and material culture. Each episode offers a look at how and why our community is working to cultivate fiber and dye systems that build soil and protect the health of our biosphere. Tune in to seasons 1 and 2 to hear from a Climate Beneficial™ verified sheep rancher, experts in soil carbon science and modeling, artists who are shaping slow fashion, and more.