OUR EVER-EVOLVING LIST SHOWCASING CRAFTIVISTS
AND MISSION-DRIVEN FOLKS IN THE FIBER COMMUNITY.
Warm wool from a Cold War
A small New England fiber company with a mission. Peace Fleece works to support pastoral communities that have been historically in conflict with the US. Currently they are working with the Navajo to offer fair market prices for the Ramboulliet sheep wool raised by families on the Reservation. Their yarn is made of this wool blended with a domestic fine wool and mohair for strength.
The Peace Fleece offices are in a barn on a sheep and horse farm in the small, rural town of Porter in the foothills of southwestern Maine. Peter Hagerty and his wife Marty Tracy started buying wool from the Soviet Union back in 1985 in hopes that through trade they could help diffuse the threat of nuclear war. Since then Peter has journeyed through eastern Europe, central Asia and the Middle East in search of farmers and shepherds who are willing to set aside historic enmities in exchange for opportunities leading to mutual understanding and economic interdependence.
Marty believes that promoting crafts in our hectic society is important. By inspiring people to work with their hands, she hopes that they can find more time to discover their own inner solutions for peace. A favorite part of the job for Marty is developing Peace Fleece's line of yarns, batting, hand painted wooden knitting needles and buttons.
Peace Fleece sells knitting yarns as well as knitting and felting accessories. Many of the people with whom Peace Fleece works overseas are in the midst of political, social or economic crisis and some are living in a war zone. Knitting is essential to the economic and emotional survival of these people. It's Palestinian and Israeli friends face terrorism on a daily basis and their Russian partners are struggling to rebuild economies that suffered decades of abuse.