What if designers could go all the way back to the source of the fibers their garments are made from? Many of fashion’s favorite fibers — and our favorite garments — begin on farms. From cotton to wool, hemp, and linen. But, often, designers are so far removed from the places where these fibers are produced. Bringing designers back to the source would result in greater transparency and traceability in fashion that would allow designers to make choices that are kinder to people and the planet.
The fast fashion system thrives on building one, uniform, global fashion system that requires a lack of transparency and traceability to continue perpetuating its profit-seeking harms. On the other hand, a more equitable future of fashion will comprise multiple regional and local textile systems that are each in tune with the contexts of local communities.
But what will it take to get there, in practice?
Well, in today’s episode, Stella is chatting with Laura Sansone, who is passionate about creating regional and regenerative textile systems. Laura is an Assistant Professor of Textiles at Parsons School of Design and the creator of New York Textile Lab, a design and consulting company that supports environmentally responsible textile methods, and bioregional systems of production.
She is also the founder of the Carbon Farm Network, a purchasing cooperative that connects designers to Climate Beneficial™ fibers that are grown on New York State farms practicing Carbon Farming on their lands.
This conversation unpacked a lot of complex terms, such Climate Beneficial materials, purchasing cooperatives, and bioregional textile systems.
Even if you are not a designer, this conversation was great to dive deeper into the stories behind our clothing and think about where our clothing begins. It also got me curious to look into the materials and fibers that are available in my geographic context and find ways to advocate for building up localized textile systems.
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Links From This Episode
- Instagram: New York Textile Lab
- Organization: Fibershed
- Podcast Episode: EP30: Regenerative Fashion & Building a Seed-to-Sew Supply Chain
- Brand: Wol Hide
- Brand: Vincent James Designs
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