Senior Project Advisor

Waldo, Tyson Z.

Document Type


Publication Date

Spring 2019


Textiles, fiber, wool, linen, mills, craft, fiber arts, fiber network, fibershed, geographic information science, map, database, Pacific Northwest, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, report


Inspired by the slow food movement, more people have started to question the source of their clothing and textiles due to the environmental and human rights abuses in the current global fashion industry. The Pacific Northwest in particular is a place where questions about textile production and sourcing have been raised and where many textile farmers, retailers and makers already exist. Currently there are many gaps in production and a lack of connection between the various players in this regional economy. The first step in creating a stronger regionally-based fiber economy is to connect the participants in this economy. To this end, this project uses Geographic Information Science (GIS) to begin the process of mapping the fiber and textile network of Washington, British Columbia, and Oregon. This database was created to be turned into an open-source web map that can be queried and updated by the general public to help them find what they are looking for in the fiber network, such as where the mills that turn fiber into yarn are, where all of the Shetland sheep in British Columbia, and so on.


Environmental Studies

Subjects - Topical (LCSH)

Textile industry--Environmental aspects--Northwest, Pacific; Clothing trade--Environmental aspects--Northwest, Pacific; Geographic information systems

Geographic Coverage

Northwest, Pacific


student projects; term papers




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