Second Festival of Natural Fibres

EVENT              Festival of Natural Fibres #2, 2019 

DATE / TIME     Saturday, November 9th, 2019 / 10am-5pm 

VENUE             Craft Central, The Forge, 397-411 Westferry Rd, London E14 3AE 

CONTENT        Market / Exhibition / Panels / Q&As / Workshops / Artisan Demos / Coffee + Snacks  


This November, London’s Isle of Dogs will host the latest in a series of events aimed at the growing
number of us demanding ethical and sustainable products. The event will bring together fashion and
textiles designers, sustainability experts and those looking to learn about and source natural fibres – for
themselves and their businesses.
Organisers want the content packed, day-long festival to be an inclusive learning, networking and
shopping event. Kishore Shah, from campaign group, Khadi London, said:
“Visitors will find a welcoming, inspiring space in which to consider the potential for natural fibres to
take over where manmade fibres are proving disastrous.
“The global business model we as consumers have been foiled into following has been shamed – the
revolution against cheap disposable textiles is a given, and well underway.
“Those attending November’s event will join an informed, positive and timely conversation about what
each of us can do to access values-driven, natural fibres to wear and to have in our homes – and to
contribute to our collective understanding of why things aren’t happening faster.”

Paula Wolton, Devon-based wool farmer and founder of sustainability project, ONE and hill farming
installation OneHutFull will lead three panel discussions, building on conclusions from last year’s event.
Paula described the event as a chance to workshop three areas she along with the festival’s organisers
propose need to be understood, next.
Alongside textile business owners and experts from various viewpoints along the supply chain, Paula will
discuss three main areas: how to support local level clean and green manufacture in the UK; what next
for dialogue and collaboration between small businesses and large corporates; and, how we can achieve
ethical, sustainable global supply chains with maximum added value where the raw materials are
The festival will take place for the second year running in the aptly industrial backdrop of The Forge,
Westferry Road, home to the Craft Central artisan workspace. Erna Janine of Freeweaver SAORI Studio
will lead a Japanese Saori hand weaving workshop and natural dye session, and said:
“This stunning venue – where I get to work every day – provides a perfect reminder of the context of this
gathering. We need to ask ourselves how we can meet the needs of our global population without
exhausting our finite resources and without destroying life.
“Use of machines of the type used in this building a hundred and fifty years ago needs to be carefully
reconsidered. Hand made products need to be returned to a respected position – and as our default
position. Let’s keep learning from each other and hold at the forefront of our minds the importance of
wisdom, skill, community and quality of life.”
Artisan demonstrations and workshops will include Indian Charkha wheel spinning, Earth pigment
dyeing, Japanese Saori hand weaving, recycled leather pouch making and more.
Refreshments will be on sale throughout the day.

Round up from the first Festival of Natural Fibres, 2018: click here for short video
Khadi London is a social enterprise set up to support ethical fashion designers and small and medium
enterprises that produce ethical fashion and homewares.
Khadi London is a founding member of the Khadi Initiative, which was formed to organise ‘A Way Ahead:
Ethical Khadi’ at the Fashion & Textile Museum, London, in 2017. Success of the event established a
network of those actively involved in addressing issues around ethical fashion and fabrics. The
conversations and actions continue.
Freeweaver SAORI Studio is London’s registered Japanese SAORI weaving studio, with workshops +
more led by Erna Janine from her studio at Craft Central.
ONE , led by Paula Wolton began as touring installation, OneHutFull to campaign for the preservation of
hill farming. It has evolved into a project bringing together those who support ethical, sustainable and
responsible practices in textiles and fashion.
Craft Central is providing the perfect venue for November’s event at its home in the Forge – a
magnificent Grade 2 listed building, – part of 19 th Century ship and girder bridge building history – which
now contains an architect-designed free-standing birchwood construction housing business studios,
workspaces, meeting rooms and a large exhibition space.
5 minutes walk from Mudchute DLR / 10 minutes walk from Island Gardens DLR
10 minutes walk from Greenwich Foot Tunnel / 20 minutes walk from Canary Wharf
2 minutes walk from Clipper services at Masthouse Terrace Pier
Frequent buses from Canary Wharf, Limehouse, Highbury and Islington, Old Street, and Stratford
Jubilee line meets the DLR at Canary Wharf
Go to : Search, Festival of Natural Fibres, 2019
Online £5/£3 (Concessions) On the Door £8/£5
Elizabeth Ings / Kishore Shah – / enquiry@k

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