For those of you not familiar with Ricefield Collective, they craft handmade knitted accessories with US wool (Quince and Co!) that keep Philippine indigenous people on their ancestral land. Their fall collection is on the site now, and their winter collection will be launching in October. I'm already realizing that I won't have time to knit all the holiday gifts I want to... thinking my daughter's teachers might get hats from Ricefield for their pressies! It's a present I can certainly feel good about!
I'm a lucky as Meredith Ramirez Talusan, one of Ricefield's founders, lives in Ithaca, and we met this week for coffee, chatter, knitting and so I could get my backer reward in person. Meredith has a masters in photography and I coerced her into taking pics of me wearing my new cowl and hat.... Thanks Meredith! I am so excited to make a new local friend!
|My new slouchy cap and cowl! Meredith caught my bad-ass self! Who knew?|
|I think this cap has the BEST POM-POM EVER!|
Meredith also gave me a beautiful handwoven bag made by some of the women in the collective on floor looms. Anna Maltz, the design director behind Ricefield, designed the bags and worked with the weavers to bring them to fruition when she was in the Philippines earlier this year.
|photo credit: Anna Maltz|
I'm off to the Fingerlakes Fiber Festival this weekend and I'm bringing my new bag!