Field To Shroud
A COMMUNITY FIELD-TO-CLOTH PROJECT
A Winding Sheet of
The Field to Shroud project was a collaboration between Katherine Savage and Warren Wilson College faculty and students to make her death shroud from flax grown in their field and processed in their fiber arts studio.
Through this project, our aim was to...
Connect cultural views of death to the natural cycles of the earth as the shroud grows from a seed
Advance earth-honoring body disposition practices that include the making and use of locally-grown shrouds
Increase awareness of how imperialistic economic paradigms resulted in earth-injurious cloth production practices in our mountain region
Support a return to our heritage of growing, processing, dyeing and milling cloth-making plants.
While the flax grew, was harvested, and made into cloth, learning circles were held to connect people to this work. The circles targeted three communities:
Local growers, to encourage them to return cloth-making plants to our fields
Death workers, to support their advocacy for and use of earth-honoring body disposition materials and practices
Fiber arts students to learn the skills of processing flax and making cloth.
This project is being continued by the Death Fellowship, which provides support in creating your death garment.
If you are interested in growing this project's influence, let us know!
HERE'S WHAT'S HAPPENING!
STORIES AND MUSINGS FROM PROJECT PARTICIPANTS
Looking for a shroud?
Eco-responsible and economically sensible burial materials can be purchased from Mourning Dove Studios.