Solace project

Solace postcard, 2015

Solace postcard, 2015

Earlier this year I wrote about India Flint’s Solace project that promotes international peace. It welcomed everyone to send a flag with a message for a “collective impromptu poem recorded on cloth to sing in the winds.” I sent a fiber flag made of wool, alpaca, and mohair fibers. Today received the postcard, and also saw the entire impromptu poem. It is interesting to read everyone’s contributions that connote notions of caring and love among people and nature.

Community Empowerment with Sewing, Recycling, and Textiles

Naja, Olivia Bra Blue, 2015

GLOBAL IMPACT WITH NAJA The woman-owned lingerie brand Naja reflects ideals of social responsibility and environmental sensitivity. Naja aims to foster a culture where women help and support each other. Naja established the Underwear for Hope Program, and supports an entrepreneurial sewing program … Continue reading

Curves of Fibers ~ Half Scale Pre Pilot at Cornell University

Curves of Fibers, Helen Trejo Half Scale Pre-Pilot, 2015

Over the past few weeks I’ve participated in the Half Scale Pre-Pilot project that aims to stimulate design creativity through experimentation on a half-scale dress form. Working on a half-scale, rather than a full scale dress form reduces fabric usage in the mock-up stage, … Continue reading

Exploring New York Fiber Farms @ Washington County Fiber Tour 2015

Lamb at Ensign Brook Farm, Photo courtesy David Arellanes, 2015

Visiting the sheep, alpaca, and goat fiber farms during the Washington County Fiber Tour in New York was the highlight of my year so far! Each farm had a unique narrative with fiber animals ranging from Merino sheep to Huacaya alpacas and Cashmere … Continue reading

Engagement with Fiber Animals- Connecting to New York City

Fiber animals, people, nature, 2015

Animal fibers are “living” extensions of the animals they come from, especially as the animals live long lives on farms. Community members are increasingly being exposed to fiber animals such as sheep, alpacas, and angora goats as farmers bring them to local festivals and provide updates … Continue reading

Momentum towards Fashion Revolution Day 2015

Denise_FashRev spanish

These are some fashion revolution photos posted in the past week (March 30-April 5). Posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have expanded our reach to international Fashion Revolution Campaigns in Spain, France, Italy, Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama, South Africa, New Zealand, … Continue reading

Fashion Revolution Month Launches @ithaca New York

Fashion Revolution Day was first initiated on April 24, 2014 by global fashion leaders. Fashion Revolution Day invites farmers, mill dyers, seamstresses, knitters, weavers, brands, retailers, and consumers to participate.

The purpose of this campaign is two-folded.

The first reason is to raise awareness about the places where our clothing is made. We as consumers can gain a new appreciation for our clothing and its value.

The second reason is to motivate brands to develop more transparent supply chains. If brands can make their supply chains more transparent, the workers can obtain better working conditions.

This campaign can send a powerful message to clothing brands. They care about what their consumers think, what they want, and brands increasingly want to recognized as socially responsible. – Nidia Trejo

For more information, please visit this site.

Below is a collection of infographics from the “Who Made My Clothes?” Fashion Revolution photo  campaign. Photos were collected by Nidia Trejo from friends in New York and California. They were posted on social media between Mar 25 – Mar 28, 2015. All are welcome to participate! More to come!

Is Selling Sugar to China Really Such a Sweet Deal for El Salvador?

Helen Trejo:

“Voices on the Border” provides an important discussion on the growth of the sugar cane industry in El Salvador, global trade, and environmental, social, and economic implications.

Originally posted on Voices on the Border :

Salvadoran government officials recently announced a deal to export 52,000 tons of sugar (12% of the country’s annual production) to China in a deal worth $15-20 million to local producers. El Salvador has sold sugar to South Korea, Taiwan, the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Indonesia, and the European Union, but this is the first time exporting to China.

Sugarcane burning in the Bajo Lempa Sugarcane burning in the Bajo Lempa

With Partnership for Growth pressing El Salvador to produce more exports, sugarcane has become a larger part of the country’s economic plan. Already, sugarcane production has created 50,000 direct jobs and 200,000 more indirect jobs. This week Vice President Oscar Ortiz said “This is the key, this is the solution for our country: to diversify our production of exports. We are unable to be alone in a market, we have to be open to a variety of markets and in this direction we have to have…

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“Fibershed” as Social Entrepreneurship

Diversity of Wool Display, Fibershed Symposium 2014

“Social entrepreneurship” involves social change, continuous innovation, adaptation, and learning. The Northern California non-profit “Fibershed” embodies the definition of “social entrepreneurship.” Initially, the founder of Fibershed, Rebecca Burgess, collaborated with local fiber producers and artisans to make an “150-mile wardrobe.” The success of the “150-mile … Continue reading