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Project threadways 2020
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2021 Project Threadways Symposium

Join us for our second annual symposium celebrating the stories of textiles and manufacturing, community, and women in the workforce, with a focus on the geography of textiles, material culture, cotton, economics, and oral histories. This symposium will help us develop a deeper understanding of our complicated past to continue building a more sustainable future.

Ticket Tiers:


This ticket gives you access to all events Friday, April 16th and Saturday, April 17th. Your experience includes lectures with breakfast and lunch each day, a reserved seat for our Cloth Bound Lunch with wine pairings on Friday, discussions, evening cocktail hours, tours of the local music studios and Pope's Tavern, as well as a t-shirt making workshop at The School of Making on Saturday.


This ticket gives you access to all events Friday, April 16th. Your experience includes lectures, breakfast provided by Rivertown Coffee Co., a reserved seat for our Cloth Bound Lunch with wine pairings, an evening cocktail hour, and a tour of the local music studios.


This ticket gives you access to all events on Saturday, April 17th. Your experience includes lectures, breakfast and lunch by Rivertown Coffee Co., discussions, an evening cocktail hour, and a tour of Pope's Tavern.

April 15 – 17, 2021 @ The Factory 
462 Lane Drive, Florence, Alabama 

This series of events is in partnership with the National Parks Service, the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area, the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, and Alabama Chanin.

All ticket sales will go to 501(c)(3) certified Project Threadways. 

For details and more information, or for help reserving lodging contact                    

Good Things Take Time

Our garments are carefully made to order for you, ensuring we utilize our organic cotton fabrics in the most responsible way.

Schedule of Events

Schedule of Events


Friday 4/16

9:00am: Late Registration +  Rivertown Breakfast @ The Factory
10:00 am Welcome and Introduction
10:30am: The Factory Tour with Natalie Chanin
11:00am: Short Break
11:15am - 12:15pm: Material Culture across time with Carrie Barske
12:15pm: Short Break
12:30pm - 2:00pm:  Cloth Bound Lunch ft. Smithey Ironware with Lisa Donovan, Angie Mosier, Cheetie Kumar, Judith Winfrey, and Ann Marshall
2:00pm - 3:00pm: The Geography of Textiles with Katie Randall, Jessamyn Hatcher, and Thuy Linh Tu
3:00pm - 4:00pm: The Future of Fashion with Dana Thomas
4:00 - 5:00pm: Cocktail Hour + Small Bites @ The Factory
6:30pm: Open evening; optional dinner in downtown Florence

Saturday 4/17

9:00am: Rivertown Breakfast @ The Factory
10:00am – 11:00am: An Expanded Oral History with Katie Randall
11:00am - 12:00pm: Clothing of the Enslaved with Katie Knowles
12:00pm - 1:45pm: The State of Threadways: Bag Lunch + Brainstorming 
2:00pm – 3:00pm: Black Cotton - Farming, Fashion, Future with Julius Tillery 
3:30pm: Optional Making Workshop or Open Afternoon
5:30pm - 6:30pm: Pope's Tavern Tour with Brian Murphy
6:30 - 8:00pm: Farewell Cocktails + Small Bites @ Uniform Shop: Tour of the Future with Carrie Barske