We are proud to feature young children from Pangong Village on the cover of our annual issue, highlighting the importance of the Cashmere Center in their community and their future.
Chasing a Dream
Wild Fibers editor, Linda Cortright, looks back on a journey that began in 2007 when she met Konchok Stobgais at a meeting in Central Asia. The story that unfolded in the years since is both inspirational and, at times, unbelievable.
Shepherds and Spaceships
Our adventure through Kalmykia (Russia's only Buddhist republic) borders on extra-terrestrial, with a former president who claims to have been abducted by aliens. Kalmykia is also known for their top quality Merinos, which have severely damaged the environment, in part because of Stalin's collective farm system.
Living in one of "The Last Great Places"
Kalmykia's environmental disaster is the perfect counterpoint to the meticulous care taken to preserve Block Island's pristeen landcscape. North Light Fiber Mill is the island's only manufacturer, working in conjunction with several international organizations - and a kangaroo or two - outside its back door.
Bijou Basin has become synonymous with America's favorite yak yarn, but owners Carl and Eileen Koop don't know how to knit. Escaping the less than bucolic landscape of northern New Jersey more than 30 years ago, the Koops knew they loved the great outdoors, they just didn't know they would also learn to love fibers.
Less than 50 miles south of Amman, Jordan (where John the Baptist was beheaded), the Bani Hamida took up permanent residence after centuries of nomadic travels. In the late 1980s, sensing their weaving traditions would one day disappear, twelve women got together (with the help of Save the Children) and began to weave. Today, more than 1500 weavers, spinners, and dyers ensure the Bedouin weaving tradition continues on.
Calypso Farm sits on the fringes of Fairbanks, Alaska, where everything comes to life with the arrival of spring and daylight! Started by Susan Willsrud and Tom Zimmer 15 years ago, Calypso's mission is to provide locally raised food and fiber, emphasizing its role to both individuals and the community.
Four Back Pages!
In addition to our feature stories and a few more, including several tales from behind the scenes and an aborted trip to Syria, this issue has four extra stories in the format of our popular back page tales.