We support and sustain the regional fiber and textile arts economy and professions in the Blue Ridge Mountains through collaboration, education and innovation.

Local Cloth is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to growing the fiber supply chain in Western North Carolina and enhancing the lives of those who make their living in fiber industries. We support a thriving community consisting of farmers, fiber artists, suppliers, designers/sewists, educators, students, and small scale fiber mills.


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.

Our Approach

  • To raise awareness and appreciation for local plant and animal fiber and fiber art products
  • To increase access to, and availability of, local textiles and fiber
  • To strengthen the economic viability of our local creative community and help reinvest in the textile industry
  • To advocate for new markets, programs and services to add value to local products and create jobs.
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