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Fibershed: Totally Local Clothing in Melbourne

June 15, 2016

Last night, the Handweavers and Spinners Guild of Victoria hosted a sell out presentation on Making Clothes From Your Own Backyard.

Nicki Taylor of This is Moonlight blog and Rachel Bucknall of Reduce Reuse Recycle blog asked themselves the question, what would you wear if you limited yourself to clothing whose fibres, dye and labour came from within 500 km of your home? Their presentation last night explored their quest to answer this question through spinning, weaving and dyeing.


Nicki Taylor’s locally sourced fibres outfit. Photo by Kerry Bardot.

This sustainable textiles project is part of the Fibershed movement begun by Rebecca Burgess in the US, a movement to establish more local, environmental and ethical foundations for textile production.

Don’t worry if you missed out on the presentation last night as I did, there are a few ways you can find out more.

  • You can explore the fascinating blog links I have provided, there is a wealth of information and inspiration there.
  • You can also follow Nicki’s and Rachel’s Instagram feeds.
  • Join the #1year1outfit Fibershed project, a shared quest to make everyday clothing with a sustainable, ethical foundation.
  • Book a seat for a second Making Clothes from Your Own Backyard presentation, Sunday August 28th at 2pm. This event will again be hosted by the Guild and you can book on 9387 9222. The last talk sold out very quickly so make sure you book soon if you want to attend.

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  1. That was a great post. I have tried to follow Ute from Berlin but kept getting other stuff that wasn’t interesting. I will try again. Thanks.

  2. Wow! That would have been a fantastic presentation to attend. It would be truly amazing to be able to wear clothing like this that was made locally. Glad to see the FibreShed dream spreading 🙂

  3. What what an interesting challenge! I hadn’t heard of Fibreshed. Thanks for the links so we can follow the trail to find out more.

  4. So lovely to see a FibreShed shoutout here, Rebecca. Much of your Wayside Project work extended the roots of what the group is doing here in Northern California.Now here’s a point on the map closer to your home.

    I’m cheering FiberShed on. I’m waiting for hemp growing to return in force to the US so we can pound the heck of the stalks and make great cloth. Some dreams bigger than others, eh?

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