Natural dyers across the globe use onion peels create exciting ranges of brown hues, ranging from deep ochres to luminous metallic shades when dyed on silk. Since onions are such a common part of many Indian diets, we wanted to find a way to use the leftover peels at a large scale in our work. We partner with organic onion farmers from Nasik to collect the dried peels which are otherwise thrown out. Adiv collects the peels directly from them and uses them for eco prints and solid dyes.
Mumbaikar’s love fresh coconut water. It is so refreshing to drink the cool water directly from the green coconut, and many street vendors set up stalls all over the city and thus discard considerable quantities of rinds every day. In addition to providing nutritious juice, coconut rinds hold a delightful secret; they create pink dye! The loveliest soft pinks and blushes are revealed when coconut rinds are gently steamed onto cloth. We still get excited seeing this unexpected pink seep from the green rinds.
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