North Carolina Textiles

Rethreading a textile heritage: One stitch at a time


Western and Central North Carolina


A robust textile manufacturing industry once supported generations of artisans and their communities in western North Carolina. But the last two decades have seen mills close, jobs lost and lives changed due to outsourcing. Now, a unique collaboration between a worker-owned firm, an innovation center, a county economic development organization and local mills is meeting a growing demand for domestic, environmentally-friendly textile production and bringing new hope to the place they call home.

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Banner photo courtesy Catherine Moore and Appalachian Transition Fellowship via Creative Commons license