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The #fairfiberwage is another hashtag that saw a fair bit of action this year, with long-term fibre experts and wool workers weighing in to discuss the wages of freelance knitwear designers, tech editors, sample knitters, and teachers. If you work with wool, this is an enormously important conversation that you can follow at whopaysknitters.com. The use of the #FairFibreWage hashtag has enabled many voices to weigh into a complex and multifaceted discussion about this fundamental area of our work with wool (and other fibres).

describe the process of developing and writing a research paper #fibershed and #slowfashionoctober

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Projects like #fibershed and #slowfashionoctober also have an intrinsic connection with wool, because traceable, sustainably-produced woollen yarns can offer a positive alternative to the unsustainably produced and polluting materials of fast fashion. Fibershed was founded by Rebecca Burgess in 2010 who made a commitment “to develop and wear a prototype wardrobe whose dyes, fibers, and labor were sourced from a region no larger than 150 miles from the project’s headquarters”. Since then, that personal project has grown outwards into something more global and collective, envisioning “the emergence of an international system of regional textile communities that enliven connection and ownership of ‘soil-to-soil’ textile processes.”

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#slowfashionoctober is a different but arguably related participatory project about sustainability and fashion. It seeks to inspire folks to consider and put into practice some of the many everyday ways of creating slower wardrobes. #slowfashionoctober presents accessible opportunities to be more thoughtful about our clothes and the resources involved in their production. In the words of founder Karen Templar:

I’d like us to be able to celebrate not only our own makes (although definitely that!) but clothes that have been made for us by others; worn over the course of years or decades; handed down or rescued from thrift shops or attics; mended; handcrafted in the small studios of slow fashion designers and/or from ethical fabrics; and so on. I want it to be about responsible and sustainable fashion in all its splendor, in other words. An opportunity to discuss and explore the wide range of topics that are at the core of slow fashion.

Following and using these hashtags on social media enables the discussion to be rich, diverse and reflective; it also enables participants to critique the concept of slow fashion and to ask how it might be made more accessible and available to everyone.

Running a bit late to the party for #slowfashionoctober, but I am so thrilled that this discussion is happening. I’m Bristol Ivy, and I’m a knitting designer and teacher from Portland, Maine. I grew up in a making household; my mom quilted, sewed, wove baskets, did macrame, knitted, cooked, and myriad more things. The concept of handmade things as a part of my life has never been foreign, and I consider myself so lucky to be able to make it my living today. But I also know with that comes a huge amount of privilege. One of the things that I sometimes see and want to work most hard against is the economic disparities of slow fashion, both in the large scale that is so prevalent, but also in our own, smaller-scale community. I so wildly rejoice in the idea of beautiful yarn, where the source is clearly traced back to a single farmer or breed. I also think, for the work and thought that goes into them, they are priced fairly. But I also know for the vast majority of knitters, the price point involved isn’t a reality, and I get so angry when those knitters are treated poorly for “lesser” yarn choices. Bluntly, if I didn’t get yarn support for my work (for which I thank every dyer and company I’ve worked with, a million times over), I couldn’t afford the yarn I work with. All this to say that I come to the idea of slow fashion with the idea of making it approachable and attainable for all people, not just those who can afford the ethical or transparent choices–and gain the social capital that goes along with it. What do I think the idea of attainable slow fashion involves? At its simplest, education. Education for the consumer to create more demand, education for farmers to create more source material, education for producers to create more supply. It’s a huge, sprawling, delicate process, but I’m so excited to see the discussion start. (Pretty sure I’m going to get the Instagram version of some disagrees for this one. But I’m also so tired of how tied socio-economic ability is to social capital and status in the knitting industry. All art and craft should be inclusive, and I think we do a piss-poor job of that sometimes. Slow fashion should be for all.)

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Whether you are interested in celebrating the production of wool and its place in contemporary industry; understanding how wool workers make a living; or exploring the ways in which wool can play a part in sustainable fashion, we feel the above hashtags have opened important conversations on the politics of wool. Each one shows how a hashtag and the discussions it provokes can bring about awareness or change. But we also know that this is just the tip of the iceberg, and that there are many more important things for us to explore together. We would love to read in the comments about the hashtags you use and follow.

#bethechangeforwool

A few weeks ago, for the Campaign for Wool’s UK Wool Week, we encouraged folks to reprise the #woolworks hashtag. The Campaign for Wool can seem shall we say a little merino-heavy at times, and we encouraged folks to reprise #woolworks to celebrate some of the many other breeds of sheep whose wool can be used for producing garments and homewares. On sharing this plan on instagram, we received a comment almost immediately expressing hope that we might also come up with a hashtag for our comrades further afield so that they too might feel included and able to celebrate their sheep breeds. We utterly applaud the concept of everyone everywhere celebrating local sheep! But here’s the thing: nobody needs to invent a hashtag for you, and you definitely don’t need to ask first. You can start your own hashtag at any time, and we sincerely hope you do.

This Wovember we’re asking you to think about the wool issues close to your heart and to start discussions online. Do you worry about how Brexit will effect UK agriculture and wool work? Do you have burning questions on the future of wool? What are your thoughts on sustainability and fashion? Hashtags will help you find answers and comrades. Make sure you use something well suited for your purpose, easy to remember (And that doesn’t *look* like something else inappropriate when you take out the spaces!) You can also use our hashtags too – #bethechangeforwool #wovember2016 #wovember #politicsofwool.

We cannot wait to see how you change and enrich this complex woolly conversation in which all of us have a part to play and we hope this post has inspired you and given you confidence in the creation and sharing of hashtags!

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One thought on “Grassroots Activism – The Power of The #Hashtag

  1. A fascinating subject….as a shepherd, and someone working on growing wool, and creating clothing all on the farm (hand knit socks on a 100 year old sock machine)…the economics of wool is a subject I am deeply immersed in. I feel that education is key to understand not only how the wool industry has changed and evolved, especially for the small producer, but also to chart a path for the future. We need to find a way to make wool products accessible, but also economically viable for the small producer. I love the lifestyle, but it needs to work, I need to make a living at it.

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