Sasha Duerr shows a color palette Duerr has dubbed "compost colors," dyed using, from left, onion skins and avocado pits; yellow onion skin and alum salts; yellow onion skin with no mordant, avocado pits and soda ash; avocado pits with no mordant, and avocado pits and iron added.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press .
published Sunday, April 20th, 2014
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Transforming weeds, kitchen scraps and other natural elements into a rainbow of textile dyes is a concept as old as civilization itself, with dye vats dating to as early as 2000 B.C.