We believe empowering individuals from within their communities is crucial to the success of our Fibershed in meeting the unique needs of our geography. - Maddy Bartsch
We’re all familiar, whether we know it by name or not, with the concept of fast fashion — mass-produced clothing made quickly and cheaply — and we can all appreciate that knitting is inherently slow. How does fast fashion’s antithesis, slow fashion, come into play with a fibershed?
Our current fashion systems rely on excessive and unsustainable consumption driven by cheap clothing that externalizes the true cost of the resources used and impact on humans and the environment. Slow fashion is a movement toward more intentional purchasing, mindfulness and caring for clothing, and questioning the status quo of fashion.
When I consider clothing from the perspective of slow fashion, I become aware of all the hands that have touched my finished garment. From the planting of seeds to the shearing of sheep, to the washing, dyeing, spinning, weaving, sewing, and finally transportation of that garment.
Supporting local farmers and the economy by participating in our fibershed is one facet of slow fashion — it helps us learn about what goes into making clothing, from soil to skin, and creates an alternative path forward that can regenerate our land and livelihoods.