It is time for a change. We create closed loop textiles - from farm to fabric.

 

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SOURCING

With connections to over twenty breeds of sheep, camelids, and goats, we connect fiber farmers to the local manufacturing movement. Starting with the seed or raw material we work with local mills. We are developing a simple, traceable, and replicable production model. 

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WORKSHOPS

Join the movement! We facilitate and organize accessible hands-on workshops and learning experiences for people of all ages, backgrounds, and aptitudes. Learn how to weave, felt, naturally dye, repurpose, and mend with us in our studio or at one of our partner locations.

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GARMENTS

Working with natural dyes, we craft modern heirlooms made with local wool and repurposed materials. All of our pieces are one of a kind and embrace the beauty inherent in the handmade. Each and every one of our garments is created using zero waste techniques.

We go to the source - working with local farms to create a transparent supply chain.

 

More and more people understand farm to table when it comes to their food, but it is also true of our fabrics. Fiberhouse Collective connects with local mills to spin and process custom yarns that take any piece to the next level. We know fiber. From merino, to cotswold, to navajo churro, we find the right breed for each project. 

 
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The mycological color spectrum. Natural color tests on locally sourced wool, organic cotton, and silk using mushroom dyes. 

Make Change. Reclaim power over your wardrobe. 

 

We facilitate hands-on workshops for you, your team, or your class that explore closed loop textile creation. Our workshop topics range from natural dyeing with food waste, locally foraged materials, and indigo- to felting, weaving, and repurposing.

Fiberhouse Collective partners with community driven DIY spaces like Manufacture New YorkGenspace and the annual Maker Faire, as well as large institutions and universities like Parsons the New School for Design, New York University (NYU) and the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) to develop hands-on learning experiences for all ages.

 

 

A video showing the founder, Nica Rabinowitz's dyebook. This book document's Nica's natural dyeing explorations - extracting color from flowers, fungi, food waste, and other plant and earth based materials. We support thoughtful foraging and community supported gardens.

We aim to honor the people, plants, and animals behind each garment. 

 

Happy sheep, alpacas, goats, and bunnies produce happy fiber. Animals that are not stressed and have room to graze freely produce better fiber. Creating a system based on empathy, all the farmers we work with firmly believe we need to support the hands behind our products as well as the soil, plants, and animals providing the resources.

 

Why wool . . .

Wool really is a wonder fiber. Wool is antimicrobial and wicks away moisture. It dries quicker than synthetic "alternatives" and does not pollute the ocean in the washing and production process. Wool is biodegradable and long lasting. Fleeces from sheep and other fiber animals have been used to create textiles since the stone age. 

 
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Nica spent time at the Icelandic Textile Center exploring natural dyeing with Lupine, a devastatingly beautiful invasive plant species. While there she explored felting with Icelandic wool. This jacket was felted and then stitched by hand.