In 2005,  Esther Duncan was diagnosed with a sensitivity to the chemical paraphenylenediamine (PPDA).  This chemical is commonly known as azo and is used in the garment industry to brighten the color of dyes on clothing and to make the dyes more color fast.  This sensitivity is  known as textile dye allergy or textile dye dermatitis.After many futile Internet searches for azo-free clothing (I found one site but found it hard to spend $30 for a T shirt, but did it anyway – it was a life saver)  I decided to try dyeing my own clothes.  My sister owns a vineyard in Orderville, Utah, and my initial thought was to use grape skins from her grape harvest – the skins would be a waste product for her and a inexpensive dye source for me.  I found that grape skins stain clothes a nice brown on cotton.During this creative thought process, I determined that if I needed azo-free clothing, others were facing the same challenge.  I decided to start a business offering azo-free dyed clothing and would need additional colors other than just brown. This led to my personal adventure and discovery into the world of color from natural dyes. I use woods, roots, resins, nuts, and bugs!

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