Ode to American Made Brand Solids
American Made Brand Solids are exactly what they sound like: cotton solids grown, spun, woven, and dyed completely in the good ol’ US of A. We can all get behind a quality American-made product, but unless you’re in tune with with textile industry and know that very little fabric is actually manufactured in America, you might be surprised that it’s such a big deal. We all learned in school about our country’s long - and often tortured - past as textile manufacturers, but that’s only half the story. In the second part of the 20th century, we began exporting all sorts of manufacturing jobs overseas and the textile industry was no exception. Across the country, but especially in the Southeast, jobs in clothing and fabric manufacturing moved to countries like Columbia, Bangladesh, and China, where wages are lower. Although we still grow a great deal of cotton, most of it leaves the country to be turned into fabric and finished garments.
Last year, Clothworks, a fabric company based in Seattle, decided to reverse the trend and introduce a new line of mid-weight cotton solids honoring the American tradition of textile manufacturing. Equally exciting is the high quality of the fabric and the competitive price. I’ve used the AMB solids in a couple of projects already and am so pleased with how they’ve sewn up. Clothworks is slowly rolling out new colors. They now have 62, most of which we’ll be carrying in the store starting this month. I especially like their selection of neutrals, reds, and blues - perfect for a patriotic quilt, I guess! Even if you don’t want to go the red, white, and blue route for your next quilting project, it is exciting to be participating in a quintessentially American craft with fabric made entirely in America.
To learn more about their story and to see some beautiful quilts made with the AMB solids check out their website. If you’re interested in learning more about the state of textile manufacturing today, I can recommend a really excellent radio/podcast/website/video series by Planet Money.
We’ve put together a giganatic, colorful pack of fat quarters that could keep you going through the rest of our grey winter. Or if you just need a quick hit of color, we have smaller monochrome packs, too. Come in and we can help you find the right American Made color for your project.