Fibershed logo-175 "Locavores" try to get most or even all of their food from sources close to where they live. A Marin County woman is pioneering the application of that concept to what she wears.

RebeccaRebecca Burgess 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.

indigo fabric1Although the flower of the indigo plant is light purple, the dye produced by the plant is a rich, dark blue color. 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.

Rebecca Burgess blogs about her experiences in finding and developing local fiber sources, and offer resources for others who share that interest at her Fibershed website.







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