Seeking Rare Dyes in a Kabul Bazaar In downtown Kabul, Afghanistan, a bustling bazaar sells the rare ingredients used in the millennial art of natural vegetable dyeing. Nathan Santamaria travels through the catacomb-like spaces of the market and all of its chaos to the place where the dyes are sold.
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Seeking Rare Dyes in a Kabul Bazaar

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Seeking Rare Dyes in a Kabul Bazaar

Seeking Rare Dyes in a Kabul Bazaar

Seeking Rare Dyes in a Kabul Bazaar

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In downtown Kabul, Afghanistan, a bazaar still sells the rare natural ingredients used in the millennial art of natural vegetable dyeing.

Nathan Santamaria travels through the catacomb-like spaces of the market — and all of its chaos — with carpet expert Chris Alexander. He's on a mission to seek out the dye merchants and the roots, seeds and minerals necessary to fill out his color palette.

A dye merchant's wares are displayed in Kabul's bustling Mandha-i Bazaar. Click above to see more sights from the market. Brian Fujito hide caption

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