Keynotes, Special Sessions, and Workshops

Advancing the Fibershed Movement: Building Relationships Among Scholars and Community Organizers

  • Kelsie Doty (Kansas State University)
  • Melody L.A. LeHew (Kansas State University)
  • Kim Y. Hiller (Kansas State University)
  • Sherry J Haar (Kansas State University)
  • Sarah Sunderlin (North Dakota State University)
  • Jaeha Lee (North Dakota State University)
  • Sonali Diddi (Colorado State University)
  • Katie Miller (Colorado State University)
  • Kelly Cobb (University of Delaware)
  • Colleen Morrone (Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County)
  • Brooke Brandewie (University of Cincinnati)
  • Ashley Kubley (University of Cincinnati)
  • Grace Weir (University of Cincinnati)


The primary goal of our salon session was to share, brainstorm, and discuss the most effective routes for supporting existing fibersheds and advancing action in establishing regional textile cultures and economies. During our session, four research teams each gave short presentations on their inquiry concerning fibershed related topics. We then split into two separate brainstorming groups with on the ground community members of place-based fibersheds. In our brainstorming groups with our invited community members, we found the following themes: Difficulties in how to communicate across different sectors of the industry. A need to enhance education of the general public to increase appreciation and generate excitement about fibershed and fibershed related products. Community members expressed interest in more case studies focused on fibershed related businesses and topics. Community members suggested creating a network for communication.

Keywords: fibershed, sustainability, local, regional, textile, economy, salon session, supply chain

How to Cite:

Doty, K. & LeHew, M. L. & Hiller, K. Y. & Haar, S. J. & Sunderlin, S. & Lee, J. & Diddi, S. & Miller, K. & Cobb, K. & Morrone, C. & Brandewie, B. & Kubley, A. & Weir, G., (2022) “Advancing the Fibershed Movement: Building Relationships Among Scholars and Community Organizers”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 78(1). doi:



Published on
23 Sep 2022
Peer Reviewed