As a sewer, quilter and fabric consumer I’ve always paid close attention to waste and using up scraps is part of why I like quilting. Lately I’ve been choosing many organic fabrics because of the many toxic chemicals that go into the farming and production of cotton that affect not only the consumer but the farmers and manufacturers. Likewise, reading about the slavelike conditions & wages in many low wage overseas factories, I’m reluctant to buy a lot of new fabric and am paying attention to where they are made.
Though, not generally a JoAnns fabric shopper, I happily learned that they have just introduced a new MadeInAmerica fabric line from FabricTraditions. Online chatter indicates they have always carried some Made in USA fabrics but you have had to search for them.
Most of Liberty of London fabric is still woven in England as seen in this video.
By my research Japanese prints are indeed made in Japan, they are even milling high quality denim!
Of course there is always repurposing fabric, buying at thrift shops & yard sales and, of course fabric swaps!Clothing & Fabrics, Fair Trade/ Ethically Traded, Re-use, Think Globally | Comments (2)