Who We Are
Local Cloth is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization built and sustained by a passion for fiber. Rooted in local resources and talent, we strive to increase awareness of and access to regional production and artisan practices.
Local Cloth is dedicated to growing and supporting the fiber economy in Western North Carolina through education, inclusive programming, and services which add value to local products. We advocate for our regional community of farmers, artists, makers and designers.
A regional fiber system that is healthy, abundant and sustainable, where farmers, designers and artists make a living wage.
The Local Cloth studio is located in the historic Glen Rock Hotel, in Asheville's River Arts District. It was extensively renovated in 2010 to meet current standards to be accessible to people with disabilities. There is a ground level wheelchair accessible entry at the front door, wheelchair accessible restrooms with grab bars, designated handicapped parking spaces in the parking lot directly across the street with adjoining curb cuts and a designated route from parking to our building. Wheelchair seating is available in our classroom area and our displays are wheelchair-accessible. Our Fiber Exhibit, referencing different types of plant and animal fibers, has both visual and tactile components. Please send questions concerning accommodations to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Local Cloth Administrator will forward those inquiries to the appropriate person.
We value creativity and believe in a supportive environment where experimentation and innovation are encouraged.
We value community and believe that an inclusive and welcoming environment that celebrates our common passion for fiber can enhance the economic success of local artists and farmers.
We value collaboration and believe that the willingness to teach and share benefits the entire community.
Our project began when a small group of fiber enthusiasts envisioned a new way to grow the craft economy of the Western North Carolina region – using economic development strategies traditionally used in 3rd world countries. These two strategies – import substitution and adding value to local products – had been successful in growing a local food movement, and she decided to apply them to fiber.