Boijmans van Beuningen Museum
Concept & Design
Sustainability is important in the development of textile and also for a sustainable future. A quarter of all pesticides in agriculture is used in cotton cultivation. They need a huge amount of water for the production of clothing. This may change with the arrival of new textiles in the future: formed from micro-organisms.
The textile industry produces ten percent of global CO2 emissions, and nearly half of the sewage problems in the world has to do with the textile industry. One sixth of the world working in the garment industry. There are mainly people from developing countries, who often can not even survive on their income. BioCouture is a product that can make the difference in the near and distant future. Well-known textiles like cotton can be replaced by a textile that is made from micro-organisms such as bacteria, fungi and algae to cellulose, chitin, and protein fibers such as silk.
Clothing made from bacteria, can you imagine that? Suzanne Lee invented a new green concept to make a totally green fashion collection. The London fashion designer makes a solution of green tea and sugar in combination with yeast new fibers, which results in a compact leather-like layer. She collaborates with scientists to unite with cutting edge bio-and nanotechnologies. Her biggest challenge is to renewable resources and waste streams into scalable quality materials.
Suzanne inspired me with her project and I have made this information box with information about this new revolutionary textile. You can find information about the process of the material, color and material samples. I have made also this new textile and dyed also the new fabric with pigment out of fruit and vegetables.
This information box could be absorbed by trend forecasting agencies around the world, this would allow consumers in the near future may be surrounded by bacterial cellulose – in our clothes, our books and magazines, our cars, our buildings … the possibilities are almost endless. However, this still requires some research, the material is not waterproof example and will eventually also perish again.