This week we will be featuring and celebrating natural dye here at LDBA, straight from the pages of 3191! (Thank you guys!) We took a mini road trip out to Greenport, LI, toting onions, black beans, avocados and giant appetites for a dye/mexican feast, and joined our friends, Julia and Chris in their beautiful home. We spent cozy hours prepping the dye vats, and simultaneously cooked our delicious lunch.
In order to dye with black beans, you have to soak the dried beans in water over-night. The next day, strain the beans and use the inky black water to dye your pre-boiled clothes (see onion skins, below). Soak for 1-2 hours, and then wash in a bath of water and Dr. Bronner’s soap until water runs clear. For lunch, cook the black beans with garlic, chili, and spices for a delicious dish. The dye tones from black beans range from blues to purples.