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Festival of Natural Fibres #2
09 November - 09 November 2019 | Event
| Free

About this Event


Khadi London, Freeweaver SAORI Studio, ONE and Craft Central invite you to the latest in a series of events aimed at showcasing the very best ethical and sustainable products, and discussing current trends and challenges in the revolution in the global textiles industry:


This exciting 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.

This content packed, day-long festival will be an inclusive learning, networking and shopping event. You will be welcomed into an 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 this 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.

Building on conclusions from last year’s successful festival, Paula Wolton, Devon-based wool farmer and founder of sustainability project, ONE and hill farming installation OneHutFull will lead textile business owners and experts from viewpoints along the supply chain in three panel discussions:

1. How to support local level clean and green manufacture in the UK.

2. What next for dialogue and collaboration between small businesses and large corporates.

3. How we can achieve ethical, sustainable global supply chains with maximum added value where the raw materials are produced.

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.

This stunning venue 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 ticketed workshops will include:

Indian Charkha wheel spinning

Earth pigment dyeing

Japanese Saori hand weaving

Recycled leather pouch making

and more to be announced soon...


Refreshments will be on sale throughout the day.



Round up from the first Festival of Natural Fibres, 2018: click here for short video


ORGANISERS: 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. www.khadi.london

Freeweaver SAORI Studio is London’s registered Japanese SAORI weaving studio, with natural fibres, earth pigment dyes and weaving workshops + more led by Erna Janine from her London studio at Craft Central. www.freeweaver.co.uk

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. www.onehutfull.org


Sat, 9 November 2019

10:00 – 17:00 GMT


Craft Central
United Kingdom