Blog: Leonie BarrieFermented fashion

Leonie Barrie | 16 March 2007

It might be a work of art now, but who knows where this Australian discovery might lead? The idea of wearing clothes derived from the sludge produced by bacteria in a vat of fermenting wine might seem far-fetched, but stranger things have already happened in the fashion industry. Take fibres derived from corn and bamboo, for example, which are now in commercial production, or materials incorporating spiders’ silk, paper, glass, nettles, milk and fine steel filaments which have all progressed beyond the drawing board to practical applications. Obviously there’s a little fine-tuning to be done still on the fermenting alcohol route, including research to try to make the fibres longer so they don’t break when dry, but this bizarre source of cellulose may well turn out to be the fashion of the future.

Researchers create fabric from fermented wine


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