Saturday, January 29, 2022

The textile industry is not the preserve of white people in the United States

Adela Colvin, who lives in Georgia, is 34 years old, visited a yarn store for the first time in five years, when a neighbor suggested knitting as a hobby. Colvin decided to give it a try and headed to a store in South Carolina about 40 minutes away from where she lives.

This could easily have been her last experience. Colvin managed to get past the storefront door when a dark-skinned woman with an Afro hairdo intercepted her. ”That was enough to end the conversation.“ My heart broke. ”Then she turned and left. Shortly thereafter, I decided to buy strings online, and that is that. For some simple projects, like hats and shawls, then she decided to try painting her own strings.

When Colvin wore her coated woolen fabrics, she was constantly complimented by the women who expressed to her how much they liked the color. So she opened her own store, Adella’s Crochet Cottage, in late 2015. “When I started selling, I wasn’t showing my face. Because when people see a brown face, the first thing that comes to their minds is inferiority,” she said.

Today, Colvin is a freelance dyeing worker and on the go, as her yarns are sold in stores all over the United States. Most of her clients are still white, but she says that her client base now includes people who are younger and brown. She said: Whoever buys her strings sees “her baby’s brown face.” She added, “I cannot tell you how many times I have held performances and have seen brown-skinned women come to me crying and say, ‘We just want to thank you.'”

Local stores
Glaspie, better known as JG, learned knitting through YouTube. The platform includes thousands of videos from famous brands and personalities, major retailers such as “Martha Stuart” and “Hobby Lobby”, and independent stores from all over the world, and attracts millions of consumers viewers.

Glaspie purchased its materials from local retailers, including Jo-Ann and Micheals, where the string ball costs less than $ 5. Then I discovered local stores selling natural, hand-painted yarn that can cost $ 30 a roll. “I feel the threads saved me,” says JG.

In 2012, she lost her father, her mother, and her job of running a call center for Verizon Wireless unexpectedly, rapidly, and quickly. And knitting suddenly became a big part of her life. She added, “The thread does not ask me why I am still crying?”

Social networking sites have increased Glaspie’s followers, and they are becoming more known in stores, as weavers tell each other about their account, which includes a constant stream of tips related to knitting, socialization of trends, and the color of which they are known, which is orange.

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