PROJECT THREADWAYS

Project Threadways is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) that records, studies, and explores the history of textiles.

 

We seek to understand the impact that textiles and their creation—from raw material to finished good—had on our local community, the region of the American south, the nation, and finally at the global level—connecting the people, places, and materials throughout the process.

MATERIAL CULTURE

Material culture is defined as the aggregate of physical artifacts or objects used by a society. 

 

We envision a healthier future in which textiles are an integral part of growing communities

and where material culture can be a source of reconciliation and communal growth.

WE TELL UNTOLD STORIES.

We intend to use each story and all data collected to tell the larger story of textile culture in the South, as it truly was—in order to create a future for the industry based on mutual success.

WE SEEK TO COLLABORATE.

We will work with organizations who have similar goals and visions and who have relevant information toward our project.

WE HAVE NO AGENDA TO TELL BUT THE TRUTH.

We are proud of our region but are well aware of the pain that surrounds the research we are undertaking. It is our responsibility to tell all truths, not just the convenient ones.

We are committed to responsible practices.

We utilize unbiased research methods and responsible environmental procedures.

2

Symposiums and counting

5

Community Events and counting

17

Oral Histories Recorded

5000

Years of History to study

CONTRIBUTE

We seek your support in growing Project Threadways and also have opportunities to  become involved in this ongoing project. We offer a variety of sponsorship levels and benefits for individuals and businesses. If you are interested in learning more about these opportunities, please contact think@projectthreadways.org or click the button below to give.

NEWS

Survey

Did you work in the US textile industry?

With the expert help of our friends at Nest and The Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area, we’ve developed a survey to help us reach a wider audience and gather more information about the demographics of the workforce within the textile industry over the last decades. We invite anyone who has worked in the US textile industry to participate. 

ORAL HISTORIES

Partners and Sponsors