The onion is highly nutritious as it is rich in vitamins, fiber, and minerals. An old remedy that I’d heard was to place half an onion next to the bedside table of someone who is sick to keep the germs away. There is no truth or scientific basis for this telltale story. I think it’s quite harmless in this sort of practice. Sometimes, I would leave my left over onions in the refrigerator to absorb stale odors.
Before you decide to toss those dry papery outer shells from a peeled onion, take this into consideration. Although the skins are not edible, the skins and external layers in onions have substances that are beneficial to one’s health. The onion skin contains Quercetin, a substance that has anti-inflammatory effects and antioxidant properties, which can help reduce blood pressure.
The dry onion skins also play an important role in my artwork. I collect them whenever I shop for groceries in the supermarkets. Thanks to my friends, I have an overwhelming supply of onion skins. I used onion skins for eco-printing and dyeing color on fabrics. Depending on the type and amount of skins used in the brew, you’ll get warm tones of colors from golden-yellow to a rich reddish-brown.
Today’s post is a raw silk table linen printed with onion skins, eucalyptus leaves, and rusty objects. The fabric was bundled using my modified version of a Shibori folding technique by twisting and tying knots to create spiral pattern. It was then boiled in a pot of water with onion skins, and eucalyptus barks.
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