Louisville, Kentucky | Est. 2014
Anchal’s dyeScape project is a network of gardens grown on vacant properties that support the cultivation of dye plants for the purpose of natural textile production in Louisville, KY. dyeScape’s initial project site, 1657 Portland Avenue, currently acts as the network’s anchor where a demonstration and experimentation dye garden displays the potential of plants to provide natural color to fibers.
As dyeScape expands, we will provide job training and sustainable career opportunities for marginalized women in the Louisville community to become urban growers and dyers. Anchal markets the raw dyestuffs and material dyed by the makers. Collectively dyeScape will enhance ecological balance, strengthen the local economy and educate the community about sustainable textile practices.
LOTS OF POSSIBILITY WINNER
As winners of Mayor Greg Fischer’s Lots of Possibility Competition, which sought innovative ideas for redeveloping vacant lots into productive community assets, Anchal was awarded a vacant property and $15,000 to implement dyeScape in June 2014.
“We believe that dyeScape can begin to offset the damages of the industrialized textile system by transforming long neglected vacant lots into beautiful productive landscapes, regenerating lasting textile systems and educating the community of Louisville about the sustainable fashion revolution,” says Colleen Clines.