Generating fresh organic produce for the table isn't the only reason for gardening. In fact, the latest rage in growing isn't food-related at all. Trend Central points to the booming number of planters that are cultivating ingredients for all-natural dyes.
In Brooklyn, a new CSA project from Sewing Seeds -- a Textile Arts Center initiative promoting the use of natural dyes -- is raising money to transform an abandoned lot in Brooklyn into a lively dye garden. When it launches later this year, CSA members will get plants to make natural dyes, along with instructions and workshops explaining how to do it.
Meanwhile, in Philly, a natural dye house called BlueRedYellow is promoting the cause as well. The design team creates dyed textiles using crops grown in community gardens and organic cotton from a local mill. The outfit is all about transparency and sharing the stories behind its products with customers.
On the left coast, artist Britt Browne of Growing Indigo recently led an indigo dyeing workshop creative Angelenos in Echo Park. Shortly after, she followed it up with a general natural dyeing class that instructed students in transforming vibrant garden plants, such as persimmons, hibiscus and blackberries, into colorful fabric dyes.
(via Trend Central)