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Weaving the Community Cloth

Pokeberry and Indigo were dipped in merino wool that was graciously donated by “Reba” a sheep from the Potter Valley in this sweater tunic designed and knit by Sachi Henrietta.  The piece was worn atop Foxfibre buffalo brown cotton leggings. Fibershed Fashion came alive for the community during our first ever benefit celebration.  One hundred […]

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Wool That Nobody Wanted

 There is a story in each garment, a living history of our collective experience resides in the implications and realities of our clothes.  The wool in this tunic comes from the homestead of Kenny Kirkland.  His flock is small in comparison to the flocks that live north and west of us– where 1,000 sheep per ranch […]

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The Beauty of Limitation

Soft and supple Mendocino buckskin, Sierra foothills alpaca, Mill Valley felt, Capay Valley color grown cotton, and Mt. Barnaby indigo … these are the places and raw materials that designer and artist Mali Mrozinski has been exploring.  The “limitation” of sourcing materials within 150 miles might be better described as a “creative focus.”  This palate […]

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Creation of the Golden Pants

 There are some items of clothing that we could not survive without. Living in the 150 mile wardrobe has made me keenly aware of how my garments are essential for my survival.  Beyond fashion, clothes are my shelter. Each garment I have is fundamentally important.  There are now 15 items last count, including my socks, […]

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Seaside Day of Dyes

Behind the scenes of the bioregional Fibershed wardrobe is a thriving community of designers, farmers, ranchers, natural dyers, and ethnobotanists.  One of the tenets of our project since the beginning has been to hold celebrations, in honor of the contributions of the project’s supporters.  Some have knit sweaters, some have donated personal finances, while others […]

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The Most Local Talent

Unexpected and extraordinary treasures can come in the form of human beings, and sometimes we are fortunate enough to have these individuals as our neighbors. Preparing for the drop in temperatures, cold weather attire was on my mind… and so was the idea of inviting another knitter into the project.  As the concept of winter-weather […]

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Making the Second Skin

It’s time to document the Fibershed wardrobe from the inside-out, and tell the story of the first garments— the ones that create a soft boundary between skin and those exterior clothes that protect us from the elements.  The underwear as it is known, is like the interior of our homes—soft, plush, and comforting.  There was […]

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Sustainable World Radio

 Weighing our options.. how do we clothe ourselves sustainably?  Will we see individual communities begin to take more responsibility for their garments? Will large clothing manufacturers heed the call to change their practices?  We will likely see a multiplicity of actions.  To hear more about textiles from a local and global perspective- check out the […]

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Come to the Mill-In!

You’re invited to the annual mill-in, hosted by Jane Deamer, and the Yolo Wool Mill.  Tomorrow will be a full day for all those wanting to see the one and only wool mill of our fibershed!  It is a wonderful place- filled with the machines and people who are the foundation for our local fiber […]

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