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Sep 9

Member Meeting: The Story of American Wool with Stephany Wilkes

September 9, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Many people want to look behind the label and know where their clothes come from, but the textile supply chain – one of the most toxic on the planet — remains largely invisible. In her book, Raw Material: Working Wool in the West, Stephany Wilkes tells the story of American wool through her own journey to becoming a certified sheep shearer.

What begins as a search for local yarn becomes a dirty, unlikely, and irresistible side job. Wilkes leaves her tech job for a way of life considered long dead in the American West. Along the way, she meets ornery sheep that weigh more than she does, carbon-sequestering ranchers, landless grazing operators, rare breed stewards, and small-batch yarn makers struggling with drought, unfair trade agreements, and faceless bureaucracies as they work to bring eco-friendly fleece to market.

Join us on Zoom to hear about Stephany’s adventures in wool and everything she’s learned behind-the-scenes.


September 9, 2023
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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