Remettage (verb - French origins): the first operation in the manufacture of textiles, the process of threading, or to begin
My name is Madeleine and I am the maker behind Remettage. I am originally from Birmingham, Alabama but now my husband, border collie/retriever baby, and I call Washington, D.C. home. By day I'm a Main Street Executive Director, but by night I'm a reader, creator, and gin drinker. My love of fibers and textiles has been a part of me for as long as I can remember, though it has manifested itself in different ways over the years. My great-grandmother taught me to knit when I was young and my grandmother taught me to sew on her Singer machine. My mother passed on her love of fabrics, ribbons, colors, and textures, and I happened upon weaving over four years ago, completely falling in love. Though I have a passion for this work-of-the-hands on its own, I am also drawn to its longevity and communal nature. Textiles and fiber crafts have been a part of society for centuries and it continues to bring people together.
In a country less than 300 years old, fiber traditions like patterns, materials, and techniques are hard to come by on a national scale – unless you count the Star-Spangled Banner. America’s textile history is a melting pot, as diverse as its people, but, without a common thread (pun intended), the nation at large has become incredibly removed from the process.
I started Remettage with a commitment to shedding a little bit of light on American fibers and textiles. I showcase other American makers/designers and give new life to materials that would otherwise go to waste. I also want my work to be a part of the larger conversation about ethically and locally sourced materials. I make every effort to use materials from other companies committed to sustainable, eco-friendly, U.S.-sourced production and either vintage/salvaged yarns or fiber from small businesses located in the U.S. (bonus points for small businesses owned by women)! You'll find makers and businesses listed in the descriptions of my products if you would like to learn more about them and the efforts they make to work thoughtfully.
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