California and Nepal Knit Together In Yarn Production
“We are passionate about traveling far. From Nepal to New Zealand, we love learning from communities with vibrant textile traditions,” writes Britt, founder and self proclaimed ‘Chief String Slinger’ of her yarn company, Love Fest Fibers. While it is based out of San Francisco, LFF ( Love Feast Fibers) has two unique lines of yarn that come from Kathmandu, Nepal, and Amdo, Tibet.
Britt’s first love of knitting and crocheting was passed down to her as a child from her mother, but it wasn’t until she moved to the Himalayas that she began to appreciate and understand what it takes to raise and spin fiber. “Eventually returning to California,” writes Britt, “I continued my focus on international development and philanthropy while at the same time researching fiber traditions locally.”
As she began to prefer thick, wooly yarn, Britt began to partner with yarn makers in California and the Himalayan region. “I wanted to focus on yarn that supports traditional livelihoods through the raising of natural fibers.” Much of their yarn is raised, hand-spun, and dyed locally in Kathmandu, known for its range of striking and bright colors.
Love Fest Fibers not only sources Nepali dyes, but also provides steady jobs for over 40 talented local yarn-makers. The company was founded to celebrate new yarn creations while supporting communities with vibrant fiber traditions. LFF also invest a percentage of their profits into programs that aim to help their himalayan workers. “We founded Love Fest Fibers with the goal of investing in the yarn maker communities with which we work,” says Britt. By buying yarn from LFF, “not only will you be making something incredible with your hands but also supporting local communities. . . this yarn seeks to create consistent income for our team in Kathmandu after the devastating earthquakes of 2015 and the country’s development challenges.”
Outside of their work in Asia, Love Fest Fibers also partners with West Coast American companies that seek to turn recycled materials into yarn. “We create a series of yarn and home goods that utilize such materials as recycled plastic bottle fiber and fashion industry remnants. We continually look for new ways to utilize new styles of gorgeous fiber while reducing waste and landfill.” This line is called ReLove, and it aims to reduce the 91% of plastic in America that ends up in landfills and the ocean. “We’re all about the inspired use of natural and recycled fibers.” All of Love Fest Fibers work seeks to make life for Nepali, Tibetan, and American people full of a little more color while keeping their fibers environment friendly.
Reporter: Ben Loecken – GNI
(Pictures courtesy: www.lovefestfibers.com)