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9th annual Fibershed Symposium



How natural fiber and dye systems can positively impact soil and sea.
Join us this November 12 – 14

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From the landscape to the seascape, the largest active carbon pools on planet earth are where we humans work, and where the impacts of our lives are made evident. When textiles are drawn from fossil carbon reserves and spun into plastic clothing, we see ripple effects from climate destabilization to microplastic pollution. Extractive industries undermine our value systems — from the pressures of overproduction on garment workers to the excesses of disposable clothing.

In land-based fiber and dye systems, we see living examples that restore soil health and change the course of fashion and agriculture’s impact on waterways. Reconnecting to bioregional and cultural models of production, we can contribute to our oceans’ health and well-being, our soils, our manufacturing sector, and our fiber and dye sovereignty.

Hear from scientists, community leaders, landscape managers, and designers: together, we will come to understand:

  • Why the modern wardrobe is damaging life in the soil and sea
  • How natural fiber and food systems can be managed to enhance soil and watershed health, including on-the-ground examples from Northern California and Fibershed Affiliates
  • Ways in which Indigenous fiber stewardship and Black-centered fiber traditions are in a relationship with ecosystems
  • What it would look like to meet our clothing needs and provide fair compensation to all who contribute to fiber, fabric, and finished goods

The symposium is an entirely virtual event with engaging presentations and interactive elements. Panels and presentations will be recorded and shared promptly with ticket holders.