How-To: Dyeing With Food Scraps

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How-To: Dyeing With Food Scraps



The Sewing Seeds Residency Program at The Textile Arts Center has been working on the “food Scraps” project, which focuses on promoting knowledge of and resources for natural dyes from food waste. As part of the project they’ve shared this great tutorial for using left-over onion skins as a natural dye.

By allying ourselves with the sustainable/slow food movement, we hope to reach out and spread awareness of our own sustainable textile movement and the toxicity of synthetic dyes. We are very excited about presenting this project, and hope that this little preview has whetted your appetite for dyeing with food scraps. On that note, we’ll leave you with a little recipe for dyeing with onion skins.


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