Louisville, Kentucky | Est. 2014 | 2 artisans | 6 trained
Anchal’s dyeScape is an unprecedented project that provides training and career opportunities in eco-friendly textile production to exploited women in Louisville.
The project trains and hires women to grow, harvest and dye fabric with natural dye plants grown through urban gardens located on vacant lots. In collaboration with the Center for Women & Families, Anchal helps women rediscover their dignity, independence and creativity in a financially rewarding way.
- Gives women job opportunities
- Promotes natural dye production in the U.S.
- Creates investment & beauty on vacant properties
Since the 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 workshops with 6 women and employing 2 women in 2017.
Anchal will launch our first locally-made, hand-dyed collection in the Fall of 2017, and we would love for you to be a part of it. Click the link here to support our women in Louisville.
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.