Monday, September 26, 2016

Association to host Fairbanks Fiber Festival Oct. 15

The Alaska Natural Fiber Business Association will host its first Fairbanks Fiber Festival Oct. 15 at Badger Hall on the Tanana Valley Fairgrounds.

The public is invited to the free event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It will include vendors and demonstrations on knitting, weaving, dyeing, drop spindle and wet felting. Short presentations are also planned on livestock nutrition, and marketing online and through social media.

Association members include fiber producers and fiber artists. According to its website, the association supports Alaska fiber producers and fiber artists by working to strengthen Alaska’s natural fiber industry, economy and marketplace.

SNRE Research Assistant Professor Jan Rowell serves as secretary of the association’s board of directors. Her research interests include studying muskox fiber (qiviut) production and quality. The association was developed in part by a USDA marketing grant and has hosted similar festivals this year in Kenai, Nome and Palmer.

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