Episode 142: Traditions in Cloth with Melvenea Hodges

In this week's episode, LaChaun speaks with Melvenea Hodges. Melvenea creates clothing and accessories using traditional techniques such as block printing, sewing, weaving, spinning, knitting, crocheting, and embroidery. On a small scale, Melvenea grows processes and spins naturally colored cotton that she weaves with. 

Episode 136: Heirloom Naturally Colored Cotton in Shades of Pink with Maud Lerayer of Behind The Hill

Maud is the founder of Behind The Hill, a textile company based in Brooklyn, New York. Behind The Hill creates unique and contemporary pieces for home decor using a variety of heirloom cotton which grows wild in shades of pink, terra-cotta, green, beige, and white in Mexico and Guatemala.

Episode 133: Regenerative Storytelling with Amy DuFault

Amy is a sustainable textile industry writer. She works as the sustainability and communications Director for Botanical Colors as well as the  Communications Lead for TS Designs and co-runs the Southeastern New England Fibershed.

Episode 120: Deconstructing Fiber Making with Kendall Schauder

Kendall talks about her “How to Grow Denim Project” where she works with salvaged raw cotton and indigo in order to document the steps required to create a 40-yard bolt of denim.

Episode 86: Handspun Homegrown Naturally Colored Cotton with Yuka Bullard

Yuka is a Japan born cotton grower, spinner & weaver of naturally colored brown and green cotton currently living in the Southern United States.

Episode 76: Contextualizing Textiles Part Two with LaChaun Moore

LaChaun is talking about her progress growing naturally colored cotton and indigo suffruticosa in Low Country South Carolina.

Episode 64: Acadian Brown Cotton, A Cajun Love Story with Sharon Donnan

Sharon along with small farmers and hand weavers in Louisiana are working towards reviving Acadian Brown Cotton. Sharon talks about creating the documentary film Cotonjaune", Acadian Brown Cotton, A Cajun Love Story”, which dives into the fascinating and little-known history of hand weaving and brown cotton in Louisiana.

Episode 52: Cultivating Naturally Colored Cotton with Sally Fox

Sally is an organic bio-dynamic farmer located in the Capay Valley of Northern California. In addition to her climate beneficial wool Sally Fox has made a huge contribution to the genetics of cultivating and bringing naturally colored cotton to the market.

Episode 37: Black Cotton with Julius Tillery

Julius is a cotton farmer from Northampton County in North Carolina. He grows cotton on his multi-generational family farm, and uses his Black cotton decor and accessories business as a tool to educate on the plight of rural black cotton farmers as well as a means of working towards his dream of turning his cotton into clothing.

Episode 28: Contextualizing Textiles with LaChaun Moore

LaChaun is an artist and weaver, an entrepreneur, a farmer, and so much more, and I’m excited to have her on the podcast today, and to have her producing the podcast for us.

Episode 27: Weaving with Cotton with Irene Schmoller of Cotton Clouds

Irene is the founder of Cotton Clouds, a cotton weaving yarn and spinning business which has been beloved by our fiber community for decades. Irene started her business in 1978 - the era of polyester! - and has been going against that grain and supplying beautiful high quality cotton and other natural fibers ever since.