This project began in 2012 when our founder, Judi Jetson, then an employee of HandMade in America, envisioned a new way to grow the craft economy of the Western North Carolina region – using economic development strategies traditionally used in 3rd world countries. These two strategies – import substitution and adding value to local products – had been successful in growing a local food movement, and she decided to apply them to fiber.
She gathered a group of creative and committed farmers, artists, and fiber processors together and began to develop a model of a Fiber Supply Chain.
Today, Local Cloth has 100 members representing growers, processors, mills, artisans and retailers of textiles made with local materials by local artisans. We hold an annual sale - Fiber Feel Day - and semi-annual fashion shows and exhibits. Our Textile Study Group meets monthly at the Center for Craft Creativity and Design in downtown Asheville on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 5:30pm and all are welcome to attend.