The virtual library is an outgrowth of the Future Materials exhibit at the last in-person Heimtextil show, which took place in January 2020. The selections encompass materials that are commercially viable as well as those still in development.
““We are transitioning to a materials revolution that will help restore the balance in our relationship to our planet,” said Caroline Till of FranklinTill, the London-based futures-research agency that curated both the 2020 physical exhibit and the new digital library.
The platform is divided into four themes:
- Regenerative Crops
- Remade Fibers
- Harvesting Waste Streams
- Sustainable Color
The site debuts with 24 digital materials that include consciously cultivated textiles such as hemp, nettle and yak fiber; textiles made from industrial and post-consumer textile; and repurposed byproducts from other industries. In addition, the library highlights agricultural sources for dye extraction as well as lab-engineered bacteria that can be fermented to produce a range of specific colors.
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