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Persea americana
avocado pits with iron provide the gray color in this sample. the pits are the perfect example of an edible by-product, something we toss in the compost bin often, but can be used to create color.

colorful samples adorn an educational table including onion skins, avocado pits, red sandalwood and the large jar full of a homemade iron solution used to modify color.

Eucalyptus sp.
eucalyptus trees are a locally abundant resource. the leaves and bark provide gorgeous saturated colors that love wool and look different in each season.

Foeniculum vulgare
in summer fennel blooms all along streets and sidewalks. while some regard this plant as a weed, it is also an important host plant to the anise swallowtail butterfly, a medicine, a food and a source of cheerful yellows.

wedding garlands made for my sister's hindu marriage ceremony.

Anthemis tinctoria
golden marguerite, also known as 'dyer's chamomile' is a traditional European source of yellow and orange dyes.

Indigofera tinctoria
in Auroville, located in Southern india, indigo is fermented in clay pits in the ground and covered with handwoven baskets.

Indigofera tinctoria
clay pits created to ferment indigo leaves in Auroville.

Tropaeolum sp.
nasturtium leaves and flowers can be pounded into cloth to create beautiful impressions.

Allium cepa
golden onion skins on linen, berkeley 2012

Allium cepa
golden onion skins on raw silk and cotton, chennai 2011

Pterocarpus santalinus
the intensely bright color of red sandalwood. it is a medicinal plant used in ayurveda and also the source of a gorgeous red dye.

Curcuma longa
a turmeric dye bath requires no heat to impart its sunny yellow.

shibori patterns on turmeric dyed cotton, chennai, 2011