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<p>In this undated photo provided by Sasha Duerr, the Permacouture Institute’s “Weed Your Wardrobe” event participants give old clothing a new life by dyeing it in a wild fennel dye bath, in Oakland, Calif. Photo by Sasha Duerr.</p>

In this undated photo provided by Sasha Duerr, the Permacouture Institute’s “Weed Your Wardrobe” event participants give old clothing a new life by dyeing it in a wild fennel dye bath, in Oakland, Calif. Photo by Sasha Duerr.

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For natural dyes, look to the yard or kitchen

Transforming weeds, kitchen scraps and other natural elements into a rainbow of textile dyes is a concept as old as civilization itself, with dye vats dating to as early as 2000 BC. Now, these homemade pigments - some long abandoned in favor of more startling chemical dyes - are being rediscovered in kitchens and studios around the world.