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Skein involvement in feasibility of restoring flax-to-linen culture in U.S.

Flax2Linen6-1Slides from a presentation made by Destiny Kinal, Reinhabitory Institute at the August 2016 symposium titled Flax & Linen: Following the Thread from Past to Present August 20th-21st, 2016 at Historic Deerfield, in Deerfield, Massachusetts held by The New England Flax and Linen Study Group, in collaboration with Historic Deerfield.

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RI Indigo Planting and Processing Collaboration

Fibershed‘s Craig wilkinson provided REINHABITORY Institute with indigo seedlings, germinated by Headstart and by Wilkinson, which RI has planted in collaboration with East Bay Waldorf School in El Sobrante CA.

Gill tract community farm, collaborating with UCBerkeley, has
Nurseried RI’s flat of homegrown indigo in their  greenhouse, ready to plant.

Fibershed’ Wilkinson expects to realize two harvests of indigo from each of 5000 plants this summer, in anticipation of a fermentation at Fibershed’s fermentation floor in Nicasio CA.

Every contributor to the fermentation will receive a proportional share of the blue dye.


  • Skein is planting indigo, with the intention of being one of the participants in Fibershed’s indigo fermentation floor. Participants will take home the percent share of indigo dye they put into the fermentation in dried indigo. Kinal helped a group build the fermentation floor in Nicasio, CA in Marin County. [link to blog and photos of an indigo dyeing session.]
  • Skein has been leading the earliest stages of a feasibility study to ascertain whether a flax—to-linen practice—once a staple of every rural community in the United States, along with wool—can be brought back to life, using sustainable energy (wind, water or sun) at the watershed level.  See Destiny Kinal’s recent article in the Spring 2015 issue of Mickie Hart’s Planet Drum “Pulse” titled Ancestral Practices from the 19th Century: Fresh Ore for Reinhabiting Our Homelands Today.

Diggers Reinhabited: Conversations with Sixties Utopian Anarchists…

fifty years later

 Peter Coyote

Charles Degelman

 Destiny Kinal

 Kent Minault

 David Simpson

The Diggers and our Interview Project

In the mid-1960s, as the New Left expanded and rose to its antiwar apogee and countercultural movements had begun to stir, a nucleus of poets, politicos, artists and philosophers converged in the culture cradles of the Haight-Ashbury and Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Whatever they called themselves–Provos, Motherfuckers, Diggers–a leaderless, anarchistic movement found expression on the streets and storefronts of New York, San Francisco and Amsterdam.

Without taking discernible shape, the Digger nucleus radiated creative energy. It published poetry and stories, drafted explorations and manifestos and printed artwork in alternative organs like the San Francisco Oracle and the Berkeley Barb.
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Interview of Peter Coyote by Reinhabitory Institute

Peter Coyote
Peter Coyote

Reinhabitory Institute: Young people don’t know much about Freedom Summer or the Free Speech Movement and I think they know even less about the Digger Movement. What do you think the most important things for today’s young generation to know about the Diggers?

Coyote: One of the things about being young is you think you’ve invented everything. You think you’ve invented sex, you think you’ve invented political understanding, you think you’ve invented … everything because it’s all new to you. And it’s very hard to imagine that these old rheumy, crusty people sitting across the table were once edgy and sharp and hip and all that. So I would say the main dividing line between today and those days is was the sense of hopefulness. And empowerment. And that we actually believed that we could make a change. And we actually on some level believed in the high school civics class definitions of how government worked and operated. And so it made all of our political engagement joyous. And heady. And another problem with being young, is that you don’t know what you don’t know. So what we didn’t know was how to take care of interpersonal relationships. We didn’t know that we embodied all the problems we were trying to solve. We didn’t know how to be skillful and gentle with each other.
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Interview of Charles Degelman by Reinhabitory Institute

Charles Degelman
Charles Degelman

Last month Reinhabitory Institute had the pleasure of interviewing Charles Degelman, a Los Angeles-based writer and editor. He is co-founder of Indecent Exposure Theater Company and teaches screenwriting and communication studies at California State University, Los Angeles. His latest novel, Gates of Eden is published by Harvard Square Editions and won a Silver Medal for historical fiction from the Independent Publisher Book Awards.
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