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Fibershed Gala: The Practice of Belonging

September 28 @ 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm Free – $500

What we wear is layered with meaning: the materials are an expression of the carbon cycle itself and reconnect us to the landscape that provides our natural fiber and dye resources. From soil to skin, we cultivate our sense of belonging to our regional ecology, animals, and community through a textile culture.

The first Fibershed fashion show demonstrated the realization of a prototype 150-mile radius wardrobe; in this fifth fashion gala, we invite you to participate directly in experiencing and co-creating local textile culture. In place of a runway, we will root into a relationship with the soil to soil lifecycle, and celebrate the richness of local fiber, local dye, and local skill.

With atmospheric carbon levels at an all-time high, we will engage with personal practices of material stewardship and storytelling while deepening our understanding of the opportunities to ameliorate climate change within our bioregion.

Presented amidst the expansive views and fragrant gardens of Chileno Valley Ranch, a 150-year-old farmstead just 20 minutes west of Petaluma, CA, we acknowledge that this event will take place on land first inhabited by the Coast Miwok people, within the Traditional and Cultural Territory of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. The Fibershed Gala aims to illuminate the pathways of participation in regional fiber and dye systems that restore our climate, working landscapes, and our relationships in the community.

Cultivate skills and a sense of place with hands-on creative experiences taught by natural dye experts, fiber artists, and community facilitators: learn more about the gathering area workshop leaders and practices by scrolling down. Each guest will have the opportunity to participate in two gathering areas.
Explore how a historic ranch is shifting its management of the landscape to enhance the drawdown of atmospheric carbon: open your senses to the practices that produce food and fiber while harmonizing our climate imbalance, through a self-guided walking tour
Experience the poetic and practical aspects of the weaving of Apache baskets, Navajo blankets, and dream-webbing, expressed in dynamic performances by soloists of Dancing Earth Indigenous Contemporary Dance Creations, inviting audience members to experience cultural life ways and connection with sacred land, water, and skyworlds
Immerse yourself in a visual and sonic experience of local artistry, including a creative textile art exhibition featuring local artists, and traditional folk songs by vocal arts ensemble Kitka
Shop artisanal goods, grown and made within the Northern California Fibershed
Join in a shared exploration of locally farmed yarns and patterns for hand knitters with the launch of a new community knitalong
Explore bast fiber (flax, dogbane, and nettle) processing and spinning demonstrated by skilled farmers and artisans
Enjoy a generous spread of delicious farm-to-table foods and locally sourced beverages
Try fresh pressed cider from the heirloom orchard that includes 17 varietals
Discover clothing that transforms what we wear into a means of building soil and reversing climate change in a showcase of Climate Beneficial designs by Fashion Institute of Design design students

Saturday, September 28, 2019, from 2:00 – 7:00 pm
Chileno Valley Ranch, Petaluma


September 28
2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free – $500
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5105 Chileno Valley Rd
Petaluma, CA 94952 United States
Fibershed Gala: The Practice of Belonging