Local textiles from local fibers are featured through Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the HandMade in America offices in Asheville. Fiber farmers, custom mills and textile artists are ready to spread the word about the regional fiber economy by encouraging consumers to buy clothes and home furnishings that are locally raised and produced. Learn more about local textiles at the Farm to Fashion opening reception on Friday, Dec. 16, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. with a special screening of Farm to Fashion — a documentary produced by film students at Western Carolina University — at 6 and 7 p.m..
There are at least 5,000 fiber animals on over 500 small farms in western N.C. There are more than 400 fiber artists in the region. The Southeastern Annual Fiber Fair attracts more than 8,000 visitors to the Agriculture Center each year. Take a look at the tag on your winter wool coat. Does it say where the wool came from? What type of sheep it was or who raised the animal? HandMade in America illustrates the fashions and home furnishings available from local textiles in Farm to Fashion.
For more information, visit www.handmadeinamerica.org or contact Jamie Carpenter at (828) 252-0121.