indigenous peoples' day

What is Indigenous Peoples’ Day?

Formerly known as Columbus Day, Indigenous Peoples’ Day was adopted by our hometown, Portland, Maine, in 2017, to honor Native American culture and to reflect upon the history of our land.

Why It Matters

We take pride in American textiles production and maintaining good practices in the preservation of our country’s land. Each individual who works at Quince arrived here with a personal passion for making things by hand, with materials that encompass sustainability and thoughtfulness in their manufacture. We strive to create all-American goods whenever possible; naturally, being conscious of and commemorating the beginnings of our nation is an important part of our own history, and our story and values.

What We (And You) Can Do

Ten percent of sales of our American yarns purchased on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, October 8th, 2018, will be donated to the First Nations Development Institute, an organization working to improve Native American life today, and for future generations to come. In their own words:

For 38 years, using a three-pronged strategy of educating grassroots practitioners, advocating for systemic change, and capitalizing Indian communities, First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) has been working to restore Native American control and culturally-compatible stewardship of the assets they own – be they land, human potential, cultural heritage or natural resources – and to establish new assets for ensuring the long-term vitality of Native American communities. In brief, First Nations, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, works to strengthen and revitalize Native American communities and economies throughout the United States, with the support of individuals, foundations, corporate and tribal donors. For more information, visit



Purchase any of our American-made yarns today, October 8th—which includes core wools Finch, Chickadee, Lark, Osprey, or Puffin; our luxurious Phoebe, Tern, Owl, or Owl Tweet; our merino/mohair blends Piper and Ibis; our Willet and Whimbrel cleaner cottons; or any of our Bare, Chickadee Hand Dyes, or Puffin Natural Hand Dyes—and 10% will be donated to support FNDI’s efforts.

Thank you, with love, from all of us at Quince.

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