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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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