Grow Your Own Clothes

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Well, sort of.

Imagine if we could grow clothing…BioCouture aims to address ecological and sustainability issues around fashion. The BioCouture research project is harnessing nature to propose a radical future fashion vision. We are investigating the use of bacterial-cellulose, grown in a laboratory, to produce clothing. Our ultimate goal is to literally grow a dress in a vat of liquid…

Suzanne Lee, a Senior Research fellow at Central St. Martins is the mastermind behind Bio-Couture. It’s an cross-discipline experiment involving scientists and designers, using cellulose bacteria to create sustainable, minimalist but functional clothing.

The process involves mixing bacteria with yeast and sweetened tea which makes fibres. The fibres get dried out and they form a leathery like substance. Various fruits and vegetables like blueberries and beetroot act as the dyes, by staining the fabrics.

Although seems a bit crazy sci-fi-esque (crazy good, not crazy scary) but could have a really big impact on the fashion and textiles industry.

(Spotted on Bio-Couture)

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