Monday, April 6, 2009

International Year of Natural Fibres

The United Nations has declared 2009 as the International Year of Natural Fibres (IYNF). The world produces approximately 30 million tons of natural fibres of which wool represents 2 million tons.

As part of the IYNF, a non-for-profit organization, Keep the Fleece, is launching a 250K campaign to build the largest fibre flock by creating the world's longest scarf. Scarf sections will be made by hundreds, perhaps thousands, of teams using only natural fibres and contributing money for every inch or row of that is woven, knitted, crocheted, or felted.

All scarf sections will be sent to New York in October and ultimately wrapped around a place of "great significance." If interested, go to the web site at

Source: Idaho Wool Grower Bulletin, March 2009.