International Year of Natural Fibers, 2009

The United Nations General Assembly recently declared 2009 as the International Year of Natural Fiber. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, the UN resolution would help millions of people around the world, among them some of the poorest people in some of the poorest countries, which depend on the production and processing of natural fibers for their livelihood. Natural fibers contribute to food security and economic development for these farmers.
The International Year of Natural Fibers is expected to raise consumers’ awareness of natural fibers and strengthen demand for natural fiber products, improving the livelihoods of the farmers who produce them and translate to revenues for countries that export them. At the same time, promoting the use of natural fibers will enhance the environment.
The wide range of natural fibers includes cotton, wool, jute, flax, silk, sisal, coconut fiber and many others. Some are produced from plants, others from animals and they are used in clothing and other consumer goods, as well as in industrial applications.

3 Responses to International Year of Natural Fibers, 2009

  1. Vic Guild are hoping to tap into some kind of funding to promote 2009 IYNF. Maybe run a series of workshops and then an exhibition to raise the awareness. Is the NSW Guild doing anything in particular? Have you heard if any of the other state Guild’s are doing anything?

  2. Sorry Prue, I didn’t mean to post it 3 times, I realised I had made a mistake in our website address.

  3. Merri Cranswick says:

    Hi, I am a weaver full time in Melbourne (currently studying at RMIT). If there are any workshops or events happening, I would love to know… kind regards, Merri