Every Friday The Foundry Home Goods donates 5% of our total sales to a different community-nominated small-and-mighty cause. This Friday's Foundry Giving Friday recipient? Three Rivers Fibershed!
The purpose of a Fibershed is to make textiles a different way—a slower, more thoughtful and holistically considered way. One might say an "old fashioned" way, but, while there is certainly overlap on the "what" that gets done in fibershed-focused-farming and textile production and old-fashioned/ancient agrarian action, the science-based "how's" and sustainability focused "why's" of the Fibershed vision are wholly modern.
Three Rivers Fibershed is our local affiliate branch of the greater Fibershed movement working to develop regional fiber systems that build soil health and protect the wellbeing of our biosphere here in Minnesota. Theses "fiber systems" create just local economies that honor all who participate, centering on local labor, local fiber, and local natural dyes. It is their mission to abolish unjust textile systems and create in their place strong, decentralized textile economies that build from the resources within our own communities.
Their membership-based network of "stewards"—shepherds, plant-based fiber and dye farmers, foragers, natural dyers, artists, makers, designers, fiber millers, shearers, and retailers living and working within a 175 mile radius of Minneapolis, MN—enables all members of the local fiber community to have equal access to resources and opportunities to connect with other members of our decentralized textile community (Foundry fave artist and magic maker Libby London is a member!). After all, "know your farmer" doesn't just mean "smile at the person who has the best tomatoes at the farmer's market" (though that's great too)—the food we eat, the water we drink, AND the clothes we wear are all interconnected and impacted by the same systemic limitations and drastic environmental challenges and the Three Rivers Fibershed is rising together to address them, one thread at a time.See more here @threeriversfibershed.
We are pleased and proud to support this warp and weft of conscious textile production, this Giving Friday and always. If you don't need anything from us, consider supporting a local shepherd or textile producer here.
If you DO find yourself in need of your own Minnesota-sourced all-natural dye garden project (Thanks Libby!) or a want to learn more about natural dyes and the fibers that love them, know that your purchase goes to support good change happening on the community level.
Thanks to Jess for the nomination!
If YOU have a worthy cause to nominate for our Foundry Giving Friday initiative, pop on over to our Nomination Page and drop us a line. We're all in this together.
Illustration by Andrew Plotsky.