Bacterial Couture by Suzanne Lee

By Sara Corceiro | 2010/07/15 - 12:07:38


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Water, yeast, sweet green tea and a good dose of bacteria. That's how Suzanne Lee, a senior research scientist from the School of Fashion and Textiles of London created a textile from the same microbes that ferment beverage. 

From this microbes "farm", fibers grow and propagate resulting in bacterial cellulose thin sheets that can be shaped into the desired form. When dry, the leaves resemble to papyrus mesh. They can be bleached or dyed with natural colors and have the ability to merge when layered on top of each other (which simplifies the seams). 

The flounce jacket is a biofilm piece of clothing for the brand Kooky created by the researcher, but for now it's still just a curious experiment that may open new ways for the production of 100% degradable materials. The piece is at the Science Museum in London, at the Trash fashion: Designing Out Waste exhibition. 
bacterial fashion fabrics
Suzanne Lee
bacterial fashion fabrics
Suzanne Lee
bacterial fashion fabrics
Suzanne Lee

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