This past June, Anchal ran a wildly successful crowdsource campaign for dyeScape named Dyeing to Make a Difference. Collectively, 177 generous donors raised $8,277 , releasing an additional $5,000 match from from Beth & Doug Peabody, for a grand total of $13,277! This incredible amount, smashed our $5,000 fundraising goal! The funds raised will help support the creation Anchal’s first local dyeScape collection. dyeScape’s inaugural collection will feature home goods and fashion accessories that will highlight the hard work of Anchal’s Louisville artisans and the vibrant hues of natural dyes.
After changing the lives of over 200 artisans in India, Anchal is thrilled to bring our program and impact to women in Louisville, KY through our dyeScape project.
dyeScape is not only a natural dye garden, but a job opportunity. Upholding Anchal’s values, dyeScape is providing survivors of exploitation in Louisville with training and job opportunities in natural dyeing and textile production. The dyescape gardens, located on previously vacant lots in Louisville’s Portland neighborhood, grow flowers and plants with natural pigments that will dye Anchal’s first collection of locally crafted home goods and fashion accessories.
Since dyeScape’s initiation in 2014, Anchal has successfully cultivated natural dyes from urban gardens in the Portland neighborhood, serving as the resources for the project. In 2016, Anchal conducted a 6 session introductory workshop series for 6 women in the target community introduced to Anchal through the Center for Women and Families. The workshops covered topics on the history of dye plants, design composition, growing dye plants, dyeing with plants and sewing machine skills. Anchal will continue training and recruitment workshops with 8 women and employ 2 women as apprentices in 2017.
One of these women noted, "It hasn’t been easy straightening my life out after everything, but smiling and laughing while I do a project...means more than you think.”
dyeScape is living, blooming proof that there are eco-friendly alternatives to the fashion fashion industry and empowering job opportunities for women in Louisville.
A huge THANK YOU to our amazing fundraising advocates - Brent Drew-Wolak, Maggie Clines, Emily Dissen, Robert Kapfhammer, Kelly & Louis Johnson, Kate Son, Kelly Diaz, Tess O’Keefe, Nancy White, Taylor Von Logsdon, Natalie Hugon, Sydney Kidd, Tom Clines, Devon Miller & Sophia Ryterband - we could not have reached this milestone without you!