Image from Katherine Tucker’s Desert Churros Ranch by Pam Powers

Join our textile ecosystem!

The Southern California Fibershed encompasses the region south of San Luis Obispo to San Diego, from the Pacific Coast to the Arizona border. Our Fibershed encourages community building and connections between textile artists, designers, fiber farmers, processing mills, suppliers, and retail businesses. We encourage a transparency that will empower wearers, farmers, artisans, and consumers to engage with and understand the soil-to-skin paradigm.

We seek to deepen the sustainable textile conversation by directly connecting the wearer to the biological context of their wardrobe.

Southern California is an urban center dense with talented designers, makers and artisans eager to engage with and understand alternative processes. The So Cal Fibershed aims to generate awareness and teach the necessary skills to build and sustain a thriving textile culture that functions hand-in-hand with principles of ecological balance, local economies, and regional organic agriculture.

The So Cal Fibershed launched in Summer 2019. We are an affiliate of Fibershed.


The Fibershed Affiliate Program supports an international grassroots network that promotes the development of regional fiber systems communities, including economic and non-economic growth, in the form of building relationships and new global networks.

— from Fibershed's Affiliate Program's "manifesto"

What We HOPE TO ACCOMPLISH

  • Develop a comprehensive directory of the farms and ranches, processors and mills, artisans and craftspeople, and related industries in our region.

  • Recruit volunteers to coordinate outreach, programming, partnerships, and the newsletter and social media.

  • Establish and promote a robust calendar of events (tours, fiber art and natural dye classes, and more) throughout the breadth of the So Cal Fibershed.

  • Actively seek out and manage economic opportunities for members, and partnerships between suppliers and makers.

  • Establish an archive of educational information and links to current news and research

In the words of the parent Fibershed organization . . .

  • “Where is fiber grown & raised in your community? How is fabric made, and who sews, knits, or makes clothing?

    Exploring these questions presents the opportunity to get to know your fibershed — the geographical landscape that defines and gives boundaries to a natural textile resource base. Awareness of this bioregional designation engenders appreciation, connectivity, and sensitivity for the life-giving resources within our homelands.”