Heritage and Traditions
We aim to serve crafters who want to be more aware and take an active role in deciding what processes and resources are incorporated into their wardrobe and lifestyle. Thus, in developing our dye practices, we have incorporated timeless, plant-based methods to infuse natural, vibrant color into our fibers. We hope that our products can help you to slow down and form a deeper connection and add value to your crafting process to ultimately make the process more enjoyable and meaningful.
At Heritage Fiber, sustainability is so important to us that we incorporate eco-safe approaches at every step of the process (even down to our staple-less, compostable packaging)! All of our dyeing materials are sustainably and ethically sourced through local foraging of invasive plants, repurposing of plant waste byproducts, and zero-waste packaging.
A lot of people conflate natural products with ethical processing. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case. There are so many different harmful and problematic methods that fiber dyers can incorporate intentionally (e.g., to cut development costs, time, and energy) or unintentionally (e.g., lack of awareness). Thus, there are several practices that we stand behind to ensure you can enjoy your craft in a harm-free, reduced-waste approach. First, all of our dye ingredients are plant-based and never derived from animal by-products (e.g., cochineal, etc.). Second, we have diligently researched the farms that supply our protein fiber yarns (e.g., wool, alpaca, etc.), to ensure that the fiber is locally and/or ethically sourced. Third, many of our dye ingredients are locally foraged, with emphasis on invasive plant species that would otherwise harm established ecosystems. Fourth, we never take more than we need to reduce environmental waste and to allow for pollinators and other animals to share in the bounty.