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Nettle Fabric: The stinging hair of the nettle plant is used to make nettle fabric. It is safe to wear and highly luxurious. This has been driven by concern over the environmental damage caused by the production of fabrics such as cotton. The woven fabric is very similar to linen but stronger, it is ideal for more structure garments.
Material of the month: Luminex - * Nirvana CPH
Fabrics: Luminex is a non reflective fabric that emits its own light. Fibre optics are long thin strands of pure glass with the diameter of human hair. Fibre optic fibres are woven into a fabric and bundled at the edge called optical cables, with the use of LED technology light is passed through the fibres giving off a lighting effect.
Elisa Strozyk has created a wooden textile that is a new experience, we know wood to be hard on floors and tables however this fabric can be manipulated by touch. It is half wood half textile and a cross between hard and soft and can move and form in unexpected ways. The process in which it is made is the wooden surface is deconstructed into pieces and the attached to a textile base. The applications of this fabric can be used on floorings, curtains, drapes and upholstery.
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Concrete Cloth™ is a new and innovative, flexible fabric that is impregnated with cement, and hardens when water is applied. This 'concrete cloth' is composed of a blend of both synthetic and cement, combined with a pvc backing to ensure it is waterproof. When water is added, the fabric takes two hours to set, but before this, can be easily manipulated and cut. The fabric is thin, durable, waterproof and fireproof, and is used by a range of artists and architects in their work.
Suzanne Lee manufactures fabrics from her home creating garments without any heavy machinery or hard labour. She describes this biomaterial as a “vegetable leather” which she makes from a combination of sugar, bacteria, yeast and a fermented tea called kombucha. She came up with this new innovative approach to fabric when writing “Fashioning the Future: Tomorrow’s Wardrobe”. She is now working with scientists to see if this environmentally friendly take on fabric can be pushed further.
Priyal Garg is a textile designer who specialises in 3D woven fabric structures which are designed for a wide range of final uses including fashion and jewellery. The fabric created can take many shapes and forms due to the interesting use of yarns. She'll mix fibres together, such as fibreglass and nylon with common weaving yarns such as wool and cotton so therefore the fabric will hold its shape on its own.