Who Wouldn’t Wear Clothing Grown From Bacteria?

07.14.10 8 years ago 3 Comments

I meant to write about this a few days ago, but I had to wait till I could look at the banner pic without vomiting (thanks, picture of kittens, for being too adorable to be nauseated around).  What you’re seeing is clothing made in bathtubs using water, yeast, bacteria, and sweetened green tea, and later dyed with fruits and vegetables.

From this microbial soup, fibers begin to sprout and propagate, eventually resulting in thin, wet sheets of bacterial cellulose that can be molded to a dress form. As the sheets dry out, overlapping edges “felt” together to become fused seams. [Ed.- And what happens if it gets wet?] When all moisture has evaporated, the fibers develop a tight-knit, papyrus-like surface that can be bleached or stained with fruit and vegetable dyes such as turmeric, indigo, and beetroot. [Ecouterre via Nerdcore]

Designer Suzanne Lee is exhibiting some of the items at London’s Science Museum. The designer’s official site opens with “Imagine if we could grow clothing . . .  BioCouture aims to address ecological and sustainability issues around fashion.”  Oh, thank goodness.  No more drudgery of looking for meteorites to find the cotton that drops here from space.  We can grow clothing now!  No more need to send cargo ships to the moon to retrieve wool from the sheep living there while scientists scramble to discern how to keep the moon sheep alive in our environment.  We can grow clothing now, hallelujah.

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