Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / UK researcher develops soil bacteria-laced fabric
UK researcher develops soil bacteria-laced fabric
05
Jan '15
courtesy: Natsai Audrey Chieza
courtesy: Natsai Audrey Chieza
London-based professor of synthetic biology at University College, Natsai Audrey Chieza, has developed traditional fabric with the dye and pattern created by soil bacteria, in a textile project named ‘Faber Futures’.

The innovative designer discovered that certain bacteria, taken from the soil in the roots of herbs such as tarragon and sage, would create different colours when cultured.

Chieza experimented with bacteria figuring out the intricacies of making a perfect culture. She discovered that like dye, bacteria are capable of producing rich, jewel-toned hues.

To make the scarves, Chieza folded a piece of silk into a 150mm petri dish. The silk was inoculated with a small amount of live non-pathogenic bacteria called streptomyces, and as it incubates over the next few days, the scarf changes to purple, blue, pink, and red colour.

Things like pH levels, length of incubation temperature, and the size of the petri dish all impact the visual outcome.

The uniquely created colours, which range from deep blue to bright red, can stain silk fabrics, and when these fabrics are actually placed in the culture, a similarly unique pattern is created as the microbes soak up the fabric.

The technique is more than just an interesting way to incorporate biotechnology into fashion; the use of bacteria to produce fabric dyes is sustainable as well, as the bacteria can be grown into ink ‘factories.’

Chieza hopes to eventually create a whole collection of garments, each documenting the life cycle of a different bacterial colony. The innovative idea is expected to help get one step closer to a future bio-revolution, in which design and science work hand-in-hand to yield environment-friendly. (GK)

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

Must ReadView All

Apparel/Garments | On 27th Feb 2017

Myanmar sets up new committee to revise minimum wage

The Government of Myanmar has set up a new committee, replacing an...

Textiles | On 27th Feb 2017

Textile industry can boost South African economy: Minister

The textile industry is one of the most strategic platforms through...

Courtesy: Invista

Textiles | On 27th Feb 2017

Invista explores alternatives for apparel & textile trade

Invista, one of the world's largest integrated producers of chemical...

Interviews View All

Yash Maniyar
Rekha Maniyar

Indian fashion market is growing at a staggering rate

Shiladitya K Joshi
Truetzschler India Private Limited

India ITME provides a platform to interact with our stakeholders

Nuno Venda
ROQ

‘There has been an increase in demand for water based inks, rather than...

Kerem Durdag
Biovation II LLC

Kerem Durdag, CEO, Biovation II LLC, provides an insight into future...

Marten Alkhagen
Swerea IVF AB

Marten Alkhagen, Senior Scientist - Nonwoven and Technical Textiles of...

Marcel Alberts
Eurofibers

Coating at a fibre level is a practice not usually seen in the...

Jay Ramrakhiani
Occasions Elegance Wear

It is believed that by early 19th century, Varanasi weavers had moved away ...

Pranav Mishra
Huemn

Designers Pranav Mishra and Shyma Shetty’s Huemn is known for its...

Rupa Sood and Sharan Apparao
Nayaab

Nayaab, an exhibition meant to celebrate Indian weaves, is in its second...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH
February 2017

February 2017

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

SUBSCRIBE


Browse Our Archives

GO


eNEWS
Insights
Subscribe today and get the latest News update in your mail box.
Advanced Search