S2E3 : Bridgette Extraordinaire on learning to weave via apprenticeship, using 2020 time to design a new line, and more!

This week we are talking with Bridgette Extraordinaire of Raanu Handwoven from Oregon.

Raanu Handwoven is a closed loop production, meaning that Bridgette will reuse material waste created during the production process for additional products. She begins with mill end yarn, which is rescued from large manufacturing houses where they were destined for the landfill. That yarn is then woven by hand in the US without the use of electricity, utilizing mechanical Dobby looms to create beautiful patterns and textures. Each garment is woven to size, which significantly reduces the amount of scrap left on the cutting room floor. What remains will then be transformed into additional product. A trademark of her work is that the warp threads are plied, producing a beautifully subtle gradient in the cloth. Raanu came about from the master passing along their knowledge and tools to their apprentice, continuing the weaving legacy. 

We hope you enjoy our conversation with Bridgette as we talk about her apprenticeship, pricing, what it takes to create a new line of wearables, and more.

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Comfortcloth specializes in heirloom quality, hand woven products for the home, as well as yardage for the fashion and accessories industries.

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