Help Textiles West achieve our mission to create opportunities for sustainability in textiles
and keep alive the skills, techniques and traditions of all forms of textile arts.
Your donations help us to continue our mission and vision to create a cleaner world full of beautiful textiles.
COVID-19 closures and stay-at-home orders have shut our doors and our income streams.
Your donation is critical to support a this mission.
The textile industry is widely considered the second largest polluting industry on the planet. We are surrounded by textiles every moment of our lives but we rarely give a thought to their impact on the earth, the workers who create them or where they go when we discard them. The lack of education in textile arts techniques and processes combined with cheap materials and labor has created a throwaway society that doesn’t understand the cost of their actions.
Textiles West provides experiential learning opportunities (events and classes) for teens and adults to inspire change at a grassroots level. Textile art skills such as sewing, mending and weaving are basic life skills that are not being taught in schools or at home. We teach simple ways to reduce the toxic textile footprint in each of our lives. By providing access to skills and tools in our classroom and makerspace, we encourage action to create more eco-conscious lifestyles.