Rotating in small groups through different gardens and stations, students experience activities with traditional fiber plants as they learn about clothing and where it comes from. Students extract linen fibers from the flax plant using an antique break and learn about the history of linen in this part of New York. Students learn about the societal and economic impact of cotton as they hand-gin a cotton boll. Twisting fibers to make them stronger, students experience making threads, cordage and ropes. Newer non-traditional fibers are introduced along with discussions about their pros and cons. Students leave with heightened interest of their clothes, what they are made of, as well as an awareness of the ecological issues of the clothing industry.
Recommended grade(s): 2nd grade – 8th grade
Available season: June – September