The Southern Appalachia Fibershed consists of a 250~ mile radius outside of Knoxville, Tennessee. It includes parts of North Alabama, Georgia, Western North Carolina, and Kentucky. Our fundamental goal is to build community and connect the supply chain from farmer to consumer.

Through this collaborative network we look forward to strengthening the local economy and raise awareness about our region’s variety of local textile resources.

As an affiliate of Fibershed, our goal is to play a supportive role in the re-development of sustainable and transparent textile manufacturing in the United States.

 
Soil to Soil Image:  http://www.fibershed.com/about/

Soil to Soil Image:  http://www.fibershed.com/about/

 

How did the Fibershed project start?

The project began in 2010 with a commitment by its founder, Rebecca Burgess, to develop and wear a prototype wardrobe whose dyes, fibers and labor were sourced from a region no larger than 150 miles from the project’s headquarters. Burgess had no expected outcomes from the personal challenge other than to reduce her own ecological footprint and maybe inspire a few others.

Burgess teamed up with a talented group of farmers and artisans to build the wardrobe by hand, as manufacturing equipment had all been lost from the landscape more than 20 years ago. The goal was to illuminate that regionally grown fibers, natural dyes, and local talent was still in great enough existence to provide this most basic human necessity—our clothes.  Within months, the project became a movement, and the word Fibershed and the working concept behind it spread to regions across the globe. Burgess founded Fibershed’s 501c3 to address and educate the public on the environmental, economic and social benefits of de-centralizing the textile supply chain.

 

Local Farmers, Local Labor, Local Dyes

 

The Fibershed Producer Program is a network of farmers, ranchers, designers, sewers, weavers, knitters, felters, spinners, mill owners and natural dyers living and working within an approximate 250 mile radius of Knoxville, Tennessee.

Fibershed Producers follow these guidelines:

  • All fabric and fiber is farmed/sourced within 250 mile radius of Knoxville, TN.
  • All botanic dye is farmed/sourced within Tennessee, North Alabama, Georgia, Western North Carolina, and Kentucky.
  • All labor is sourced within Tennessee, North Alabama, Georgia, Western North Carolina, and Kentucky.

Exceptions:

  • The combination of local resources in addition to vintage, dead stock, and factory blemish fabric if sourced / manufactured in the region.
  • Sewing thread and most notions are also not yet manufactured in our region, therefore Fibershed verifies goods from artisans whose thread and notions are from out of the area.
 

If you would like to be listed in the Producer Directory please fill out this form with details about your work.

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