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The process began in 2014 when Anchal was awarded a $15,000 grant to convert an empty lot on Portland Avenue into a natural dye garden. Today, "dyeScape" is a tiny urban space filled with plants such as marigolds, indigo, yarrow, goldenrod and madder root. The plants yield dye in a variety of shades of yellow, blue, purple and red that are used on natural fabrics in the studio. "We can add iron to some of the plants to make a green dye, so we really have the colors of the rainbow to work with," said Brent Drew-Wolak, dyeScape coordinator. She oversees the garden and the dye process that has trained six women from the Center for Women and Families and currently employs Medina and Crowdus. "Working with the ladies and seeing them gain these skills and confidence in the garden and sewing is amazing, said Drew-Wolak. "We started with hand stitching and making ornaments and now they are making bandannas and pillows and silk scarves — they have learned so much and they've taught me a lot too." Drew-Wolak is planning workshops to identify more Louisville women who are interested in becoming part of the dyeScape team. The work from artisans in Louisville and India fill one large room in the Anchal headquarters. Stainless steel shelves are lined with stacks of hand-stitched tablecloths, napkins, scarves, bandannas, pillows, quilts, totes and jackets — ready to be shipped to stores and costumes across the globe.
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