Bioregional fibre systems

Fibres displayed on a table farmed from the landscape seen from the window.
Bioregional fibres

Developing cloth from local soil with local toil.

At Liflad we are helping to develop new systems, governance & enterprise for agroecological fibre, textiles, clothing, and related materials. We also support the provisioning of a place-sourced, bioregional future through natural systems and small supply chains. To progress this challenging yet exciting vision, I recently travelled through the Netherlands, France, Switzerland and Spain by train. I explored cultural, social and physical infrastructure, investigating existing equipment and process to consider what needs collaboratively developing to support farm scale, localised fibre production. It was an enjoyable and fulfilling journey funded by a Churchill Fellowship and I felt privileged to meet many amazing people. This article, one of a series, describes my journey exploring the process and people needed to create bioregional, collective, natural fibre systems. One of the many stumbling blocks to creating localised, UK fibre is the small-scale machinery needed to help with transforming the raw plant material into practical value such as insulation, growing medium or textile yarn. Knowledge and understanding of this equipment, the process, time and effort that cloth production requires may help create respect and perhaps reverence for the textiles we take for granted on a daily basis. To understand this new/old field of practice read more here:

fashion designer standing next to a farm building
Joline Jolink at her fashion farm.

By Zoe Gilbertson

Zoe is CEO and co-founder of Liflad.