Wednesday, 12 December 2007

A Dress Made Out of Wine?

Australian scientists have found a way to 'grow' clothes out of red wine. Boffins at the University of Western Australia, researching alternatives to conventional cotton, have created a fabric from wine. The rubbery cellulose layer formed as a waste product when wine is made into vinegar is used to create a 'fermented fabric.'

The scientists explained that 'we’re looking at [the fabric] to provoke some discussion about future fashions, about the possibility of other material we can use instead of our normal cottons and silks'.

The inspiration for the project was gained when the scientist, Gary Cass, was working in a vineyard several years ago.

There are drawbacks to the new fabric. It must be kept wet as the short cellulose fibres are like tissue paper when dry and are easily torn. The next step is to enlist the help of an organic chemist to create longer fibres that make more wearable seamless fabrics.

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