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How to be listed as an IYNF event

To be listed in the International Year of Natural Fibres (IYNF) calendar, you must display the IYNF logo, and related information materials, at the event and on your webpage. The basic steps:
1. Apply for permission to use the IYNF logo (download here the application form)
2. Return the completed application form along with the following details of the event:
Name of the event
Name of the organizers
Date of the event
Venue of the event
A brief description of the event
URL of a webpage with more information about the event

Poster, brochure, T-shirt

The IYNF Coordination Unit at FAO has prepared a range of information materials for use by partners and the general public in celebrating the Year. Downloads here...

Call for funding...

The International Year is a unique opportunity to expand the use, and promote more innovative uses, of natural fibres. The IYNF Coordination Unit at FAO is mounting a global information campaign to support IYNF partners' activities and will sponsor an international conference on natural fibres during 2009. Governments and the private sector are urged to provide funding to help FAO ensure the success of the International Year.

Contact us to get involved:

IYNF Coordinating Unit
Trade and Markets Division
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
00153 Rome, Italy
Fax: +39 06 57054495
E-mail: IYNF-2009@fao.org

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Events

Calendar

The International Year of Natural Fibres will be celebrated at conferences, seminars, exhibitions and fashion shows around the world

Date Event Venue (Organizer/s)
January
22Official launch of the International Year of Natural FibresRome (FAO)
February
8-9 International Workshop and Exhibition on JuteDhaka, Bangladesh (IJSG)
20-24 Fair and Exhibition on Uses of Natural FibresAtuntaqui, Ecuador (Fundacion Junto a Tí)
March
7"The Social Life of Plants", including a display of ethnographic textiles and fibresRoyal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK (RAI)
7Natural Fibres: New outlook for the fashion marketUmbertide, Italy (Arianne - International Consortium for the Study of Natural Textile Fibres)
3/03-19/04"Our Daily Thread" textile displayGrand Forks, B.C., Canada (Grand Forks Art Gallery and Museum/BSWG)
18IYNF 2009 ReceptionRenewable Energy House, Brussels (IWTO)
18-19International Meeting for Visioning the Cotton Development Path for MozambiqueMaputo, Mozambique (IAM)
21 Illinois Lama Association Spring Conference Jacksonville, IL., United States
25Coir design competitionAlappuzha, India (Alappuzha BDS)
30/03-1/04Technical workshop: "Natural fibers - their role in the carbon economy"Seattle, United States (Washington State University)
April
2Sustainable Business and Design ConferenceNew York City, USA (Fashion Institute of Technology)
3-5First Annual Maritime Fibre Arts RetreatLiverpool, Queens County, Canada
3-5International meeting: Shearing, sorting and grading of wool - Celebration 20th anniversary of ATELIERNoyers sur Jabron, France (ATELIER)
4-5The Alpaca Fiber Symposium Belmont, NC, United States (Gaston College, Textile Technology Center)
7-96th International Conference and Exhibition Cairo, Egypt (Textile Research Division, National Research Centre)
15-17 China International Natural Fibre ForumJinghong City, China (XDAP/FAO)
15-17Combined New Zealand and Australia ConferenceDunedin, New Zealand (The Textile Institute/University of Otago)
15-18 2nd International Conference on Innovative Natural Fibre Composites for Industrial ApplicationsRome (University of Rome "La Sapienza")
16-18International seminar: "Emerging trends in production, processing and utilisation of natural fibres"Mumbai, India (ISCI, IFS, ICAR)
16-19 Creative Fibre FestivalTimaru, New Zealand (Spinning, Weaving and Woolcrafts Society)
17-19 Fiber Forum 2009Lake Junaluska, NC, USA (Southeast Fiber Forum Association)
18-19 Alpaca shearing festival - from field to fashionStockton, NJ, USA (WoodsEdge Wools Farm)
20 Natural fibres fashion showRome (FAO)
24-26Portland Handweavers Guild Annual SalePortland, OR, USA
May
2-10 National Alpaca Week in AustraliaAustralian Alpaca Association
9-10 Shepherd's Harvest Sheep and Wool festivalLake Elmo, MN, United States
16-17 8th Annual Spring Fling, Alpaca Extravaganza Stockton, NJ, USA (WoodsEdge Wools Farm)
16-17 European meeting: Wool from here and other placesCernier, Switzerland (ATELIER)
18-20Exhibition and seminar: Heritage of Thai silkParis, France (UNESCO)
21-22 Coir mats and matting exports to TurkeyAlleppey, India (Alappuzha Coir Floor Covering Cluster)
22 Presentation on natural fibresGdynia, Poland (Gdynia Cotton Association)
25-28 European Animal Fibre WeekBiella, Italy
27-28 6th International Conference, European Industrial Hemp AssociationWesseling, Germany (EIHA)
28-31 International Symposium "Plant Fibers: View of Fundamental Biology"Kazan, Russia (Kazan Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics)
30/05-2/06 Traditional handicrafts wool festival Biella, Italy
June
3Natural fibres, health and sustainabilityTerrassa, Spain (Centre de Documentació I Museu Tèxtil, Centre d'Innovació Tecnològica-CTF)
3-7National Conference and 2nd World Conference, Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association Cleveland, Ohio (AOBA)
6UK Ravelry day 2009 Coventry, UK
6-26 Wool & Willow FestivalWales, UK (The Minerva Arts Centre in Llanidloes)
11-14Estes Park Wool MarketTown of Estes Park, Colorado, United States
13-21Victoria FibrefestVictoria, BC, Canada
15-1878th Congress, International Wool Textile OrganisationFrankfurt, Germany (IWTO)
16-20"Sheep is life" celebrationFarmington, NM, United States (Dibé bé Iiná)
17-18 International Natural Fibres CongressFrankfurt, Germany (Messe Frankfurt)
19-21 Hemp fair: Applications and altermative technologiesPorto, Portugal (Feira do Cânhamo)
20-21 Fiber Festival hosted by WoodsEdge Wools FarmStockton, NJ, USA (WoodsEdge Wools Farm)
21-24 Pan-Commonwealth Natural Fibres Skills Development ProgrammeBangalore, India (Commonwealth Secretariat)
21-26 Week of Natural Fibers Aurel Vlaicu University, Romania (FAO/ESCORENA)
26/06-3/07Fibre Week 2009Olds, Canada (Olds College)
July
3-5Festival "Linen and needle"Vallée du Dun, France (Association Alliance et Culture)
4-19Three Shires Textile FestivalCheshire, England (Visit Chester/Chesire Tourism Board)
15 Natural fibres in Andalucia: Opportunities and ThreatsSeville, Spain (Junta de Andalucía)
25-26Fiber Arts Festival at BonanzavilleWest Fargo, ND, USA
25-26 Fabulous Fibres Planet Ice, Maple ridge, BC, Canada (Whonnock Weavers and Spinners)
27 Book Launch: The Story of Abaca (Elizabeth Potter Sievert) Makati City, the Philippines (Fiber Industry Development Authority)
August
7-9 Fiber Arts Tour WeekendMaine United States (Maine Fiberarts)
7-16WAFTA Naturally Members’ Exhibition Fremantle, Western Australia (WA Fibre and Textile Association)
8 Linen FestivalGrand Forks, B.C., Canada
September
2-3 Ars Textrina International Textiles ConferenceLeeds, UK (University of Leeds)
3-410th International Cotton ConferenceGdynia, Poland (Gdynia Cotton Association/Technical University of Lodz)
7-1168th Plenary, International Cotton Advisory Committee Capetown, South Africa (ICAC)
9-11International Congress on Natural FibresBahia, Brazil (SECTI)
10Grand Opening: Mother Nature's Fibres (runs to 6 November)Costume Museum of Canada, Winnipeg
10The Evolution of Natural Fibres (runs to 5 December)Binghamton University, NY, USA
11-14 IYNF event, Milano unica textile fairMilan, Italy (Cotton and Linen Industries Foundation/ Sistema Moda Italia)
12 Day of wool and other natural fibresOijen, The Netherlands (ShetlandSheep)
12-13 Fall Fashion Preview & Fashion Show Stockton, NJ, USA (WoodsEdge Wools Farm)
19 Fashion Show: Nature is the New Black (8.00pm)Costume Museum of Canada, Winnipeg
21-25 Organic Cotton World Congress - From Fashion to SustainabilityInterlaken, Switzerland (Helvetas, Organic Exchange, ITC, IMO, SECO)
24-26 Expo Forestal MéxicoCentro Banamex, Mexico City (CONAFOR: Comisión Nacional Forestal)
25-27Natural fibres retreat and workshopPort Hadlock, WA, Washington, USA (Knit-N-Nature)
27/09-2/1010th Southern Hemisphere Feltmakers ConvergenceMasterton, New Zealand
October
1-4Paris Fashion Week at the Ethical Fashion ShowParis, France
3FeltUnited - First Annual International Day of FeltGlobal
10-1116th Annual Convention and Annual General Meeting, Hemp Industries AssociationWashington, DC, USA
17-18 New York State Sheep and Wool Festival Rhinebeck, NY, United States
17-18 Knitting and Weaving Global Networks Oxford, UK
17-25 The real colour show: exhibition of naturally dyed textiles Powys, Wales
20-22 Meeting of FAO Intergovernmental Groups on Hard Fibres and on Jute, Kenaf and Allied FibresPasay City, the Philippines (FAO)
21-22 Iranian Animal Fibres ConferenceUniversity of Tabriz, Tabriz, Islamic Republic of Iran
25 World Food Day/IYNF SymposiumPacifico Yokohama Conference Centre, Japan (FAO Liaison Office in Japan)
26-7/11 The Warp and The WeftOxford University Botanic Gardens, Oxford University Ruskin School of Art and TFD Trading for Development (UK)
November
3-8 International Mohair Summit Eastern Cape, South Africa (Mohair South Africa)
4-7 European Confederation for Flax and Hemp (CELC) 60th Annual CongressFrance (Strasbourg)
6-8 Fiber In Demand, Naturally! Saskatoon, Canada (Saskatoon Prairieland Park Corporation)
6-8 Goat Gala and ALPACA Odyssey Show at Farmfair International 2009Alpaca Canada and Alberta Goat Breeders [Canada]
6-8 Goat Gala and ALPACA Odyssey Show at Farmfair International 2009Alpaca Canada and Alberta Goat Breeders [Canada]
10-28Gabriel in DesignSao Paulo, Brazil
December
1- January 10, 2010Fabulous Fibres - Talk and Exhibition at the Haslemere Museum Haslemere, Surrey, UK
1-3Conference on Kenaf and Allied Fibres (ICKAF 2009) Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
14-15 Natural Fibres 09 ConferenceLondon (IOM3)
14-18 Closing Exhibition (internal)FAO, Rome

Acronyms

AOBA - Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association - http://www.alpacainfo.com/
ATELIER - European Association for the Study, Liaison, Innovation and Research into Textiles - http://pagesperso-orange.fr/atelier.laine/index.htm
BSWG - Boundary Spinners and Weavers Guild, Grand Forks, British Columbia - http://www.eiha.org/
EIHA - European Industrial Hemp Association - http://www.eiha.org/
FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations - http://www.fao.org/
IAM - Mozambique Cotton Institute - http://www.iam.gov.mz/
ICAC - International Cotton Advisory Committee - http://www.icac.org/
ICAR - Indian Council of Agricultural Research - http://www.icar.org.in/
IFS - Indian Fibre Society
IFIBRAM - Training Institute for the Production of Fibre Plants of the Amazon
IJSG - International Jute Study Group - http://www.jute.org/
IMO - Institute for Market Ecology - http://www.imo.ch/
INTROP - Institute of Tropical Forestry and Forest Products, Malaysia - http://www.introp.upm.edu.my
IOM3 - Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, UK - http://www.iom3.org/
ISCI - Indian Society for Cotton Improvement
ITC - International Trade Centre - http://www.intracen.org/
IWTO - International Wool Textile Organisation - http://www.iwto.org/
RAI - Royal Anthropological Institute - http://www.therai.org.uk/
SECO - Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs - http://www.seco.admin.ch/
SECTI - Secretary of Science, Technology and Innovation, Bahia, Brazil
XDAP - Xishuangbana Dai Autonomous Prefecture

How to be listed as an IYNF event

To be listed in the International Year of Natural Fibres (IYNF) calendar you must display the IYNF logo, and related information materials, at the event and on your webpage. The basic steps:
1. Apply for permission to use the IYNF logo - download application form from:
http://www.naturalfibres2009.org/en/iynf/media.html
2. Return the completed application form along with the following details of the event:
- Name of the event
- Name of the organizers
- Date of the event
- Venue of the event
- A brief description of the event
- URL of a webpage with more information about the event