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Slow Fiber

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WHAT. Slow Fiber is a term we adapted from the popularized Slow Food movement to articulate similar concerns and philosophies as they apply specifically to cloth, fiber, and the craft of making — from awareness and knowledge to production, tradition, practice, commerce. Loosely, Slow Fiber describes a thoughtful approach to ‘the making of things’ – a philosophy that is most plainly explained as ‘being bound by an integrity of product.’

WHO. The Slow Fiber Studios (SFS) is everyone. Any person or organization who practices and subscribes to a considered and thoughtful approach of textile making and textile design is considered a part of this movement. SFS works with regional textile production centers and traditional artisan communities to promote sustainable practices that are culturally and socially responsible.

Surely, there are many individuals who admirably work at this level of consciousness and commitment and a few established, successfully growing businesses who remain exemplars for their industry. Some exemplary companies: JURGEN LEHL (Tokyo) by Jurgen Lehl and partner Hideaki Matuura; DOSA (Los Angeles) by Christina Kim; APPACHI COTTON (Pollachi) spearheaded by Mani Chinnaswamy and Viji Nachiar; SOU•SOU (Kyoto) headed by Takeshi Wakabayashi. Each embodies the guiding principles of Slow Fiber Studios.

WHY. The philosophy behind SFS is nothing new. In fact, it’s intrinsic to the very foundation of the World Shibori Network – what we do, who we are, what we protect, ideas we represent. But now, it seems the rest of the world is ready for this value shift. And we’re here to help them!

HOW. Participate in an SFS Tour. Get up front and personal with traditional artisan communities and small to medium-sized studios and factories. Learn about different traditions and production processes involved in fiber and cloth making.

GROW. The more education out there, the better. If you or your organization offers programs that encourage or teach the Slow Fiber philosophy, we’d love to promote you and/or combine our efforts. Drop us a line at info [at] shibori.org

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