To support and sustain the regional fiber and textile arts economy and professions in the Blue Ridge Mountains through collaboration, education and innovation.
To grow the fiber economy in the southern appalachian region within 100 miles of the project’s Asheville headquarters, focusing on craft artists, fiber animal farmers and small scale fiber mills and processing businesses.
This project began when our founder, Judi Jetson, then an employee of HandMade in America, envisioned a new way to grow the craft economy of the Western North Carolina region – using economic development strategies traditionally used in 3rd world countries. These two strategies – import substitution and adding value to local products – had been successful in growing a local food movement, and she decided to apply them to fiber.
She gathered a group of creative and committed farmers, artists, and fiber processors together and began to develop a model of the Fiber Supply Chain.