The General Assembly of the United Nations has designated 2009 as the International Year of Natural Fibres.
U.N. declares 2009 International Year of Natural Fibres
The General Assembly of the United Nations has designated 2009 as the International Year of Natural Fibres. The resolution was adopted Nov. 25, 2005, and states that “the diverse range of natural fibers produced by many countries provides an important source of income
for farmers, and thus can play an important role in contributing to food security and in
eradicating poverty.” The resolution calls on governments, nongovernmental organizations and the private sector to support the resolution.
The objectives of the International Year of National Fibres is to bring attention to and
stimulate demand for natural fibers, to encourage governments to respond appropriately to problems facing natural fiber industries, to foster international partnership among natural fiber industries, and to promote the sustainability of those industries.
An international natural fiber contest “Keep the Fleece,” open to anyone. The deadline for entering the contest is Saturday,
August 15. Judging takes place online until finalists are chosen, then items created for the contest are sent for the final phase of judging. Final judging will be done by a panel of international experts in October at the New York Sheep and Wool Festival.
Provide a photo of yourself with the animal or plant the fiber is derived from, a photo of the animal that produced the fleece or picture of the animal if it lives on your farm.
Here are a few of the categories contestants may enter: Like a Virgin: fiber from a young animal such as baby alpaca; Eats, Shoots and Leaves: plant fibers including but not limited to cotton, hemp, jute and coconut; Camelot: fiber from guanaco, vicuna, alpaca, llama and camel; GI Joe: any style garment made for a man; Treks and Tracks: 100 percent yak, bison or musk ox; and Pro-create: any natural-fiber garment made by a professional designer. To learn all the salient details you can visit www.keepthefleece.com