Rebecca Burgess admits that the idea of getting all the "ingredients" of her wardrobe – fiber, yarns, dyes, etc. – from local sources seemed a bit fanciful at first. But as she set out to actually make doing that part of her life, it became very real.
Our region is unusually versatile, able to grow both cotton and support alpacas, two important fiber sources. It also enabled Burgess to create her own blue dye. This proved to be a complex, year-long process, one that began with the cultivation of some 8000 indigo plants.
Not only were the results worth the effort, Burgess has also begun seed-saving to improve the next generation of her indigo crop.