Since 2007, Permacouture Institute has explored regenerative design and environmental education for slow fashion and textiles. Nature color coordinates through palettes that connect us directly to place, people, plants and ecologies. Working with plant-based colors encourages an inquiry of more below the surface, with a reward that unassuming depth and beauty can lay even in the leftovers of a discarded peel, a wilted flower, or a wayside weed. Plant-based palettes can naturally inspire us to see the awe in the everyday.
DINNERS TO DYE FOR
“Dinners to Dye For” and “Seasonal Color + Taste Palettes” Workshops- where slow food + slow fashion meet. Through biodiverse and seasonally based “compost” color palettes, these events bring communities together through delicious seasonal meals and natural dye experimentation- using by-products of the very same meal.
SEEDS TO SEW
Saving and tagging dye and fiber seeds in public seed lending libraries, as well as mapping and preserving dye and fiber ecologies and biodiversity for next generations.
WEED YOUR WARDROBE
Social and environmental events that on “Weeding Your Wardrobe,” where garden work parties and clothing swaps meet- and help unwanted textiles and garments renew and refresh with natural dyes made from school and community gardens