- Raise awareness and stimulate demand for natural fibres;
- Promote the efficiency and sustainability of the natural fibres industries;
- Encourage appropriate policy responses from governments to the problems faced by natural fibre industries;
- Foster an effective and enduring international partnership among the various natural fibres industries.
Check out the website for a wealth of information, and also for a Calender of Events
They also give some great links to other major textile websites.
It was while looking for info on this I came across Keep the Fleece
They are organising an international competition, The Longest Scarf, to raise 250K for the largest fiber flock in the world in partnership with Heifer International.
A team is made up of five or more knitters, crocheters, felters or weavers. Each team needs at least one captain (someone to take responsibility for signing the team up on Keep the Fleece and Heifer International and for making sure the money raised gets sent to Heifer International). Start by signing the team up on Keep the Fleece(www.keepthefleece.org) and Heifer International (www.heifer.org, follow the link to “Team Heifer.")
Anyone interested is to email them to register your team. more info here
Heifer International is very similar to our own Bother, but on a bigger scale.
They run programmes to help people around the world obtain a sustainable source of food and income.