In this issue we largely look to below the equator for design that cuts through the heat. From pompoms, through ikat to feed sacks, we survey the vibrant stories that carry our social past and textile future.
Join us as we travel to the Karoo in South Africa and meet the extraordinary Adele Cutten, (founder of Adele's Mohair), and her dedicated staff of more than 70 knitters and spinners. Her road to success was more than just bumpy, it would have been impossible for most.
We also visit with Andries Pienaar, the youngest person to receive South Africa's Farmer of the Year Award. His family has been raising prize-winning Merinos since the 1880s on 12,000 hectares in Colesberg, not farm from the famous Kimberly Diamond Mine, which has a surprising connection to farming.
Tintsaba, Swaziland's sisal basket-weaving company founded in 1983, creates more than sensationally designed baskets, it also promotes an attitude of health and empowerment among its more than 700 female employees, thanks to the vision of its beloved founder, Sheila Freemantle.
For everyone who has ever dreamed about retiring and becoming a farmer, or, moving to an island, Wanatha Garner has done both. Her flock of Merinos is benefitting the community in ways she never could never have imagined, thanks to a special collaboration with Swans Island Blankets.
The civil war that decimated Guatemala for nearly four decades will never be forgotten, certainly not by a special group of widows who weave beautiful ikat shawls and conduct lessons for novice (!) tourists with assistance from Maya Traditions.
With 128-pages filled with stunning photos and extraordinary stories, we hope you will enjoy this reading this issue of Wild Fibers as much as we enjoyed creating it.
Discover the world of wild fibers with our special 15th anniversary issue!
Travel to South Georgia in the shadows of Antarctica and learn about one man's efforts to develop seal wool into a luxury fiber in the late 1700s. Learn about an extraordinary non-profit in nothern Madagascar, trying to battle corruption and illegal trade in rosewood by cultivating wild silkworms. Jump on board The Livestock Conservancy's new Shave'em to Save'em Program to help nearly 20 endangered sheep breeds, and much, much more.