Textile

  • Organic cotton, hemp, bamboo and even recycled plastics are being transformed into clothing for eco-aware fashionistas. Australia's Nanollose is going an even greener route with a system that makes use of biomass waste from the coconut industry to create a plant-free fiber.​
  • ​This latest installment in our series looking at the impact of digital technologies on the art world focuses on the way digital glitch aesthetics are mixing with traditional textiles to make an entirely new form of fashion for the 21st century.​
  • Peter Parker take note, architects and chemists at the University of Cambridge have come up with an artificial spider silk that is strong, super-stretchy, non-toxic and sustainable, yet is made from a material that is 98 percent water.
  • NASA is getting into the textile business thanks to a team at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. The team has unveiled prototype swatches of a new metallic "space fabric" created using 3D printing that incorporates advanced functions that would be beneficial for use in space.
  • ​​When it comes to clothing, being both environmentally-conscious and fashionable can be tricky. Old clothes can be given away, of course, but they still ultimately end up in the landfill. That's why scientists have devised a method of essentially "melting down" old clothes to make new material.​
  • New York’s MoMA PS1 will feature a shelter structure that uses robotically-knitted solar fabrics able to absorb and release light. Created by Jenny Sabin Studio, the canopy is photo-luminescent by night and cooling by day, with a misting system that delivers a cooling spray when someone is near.​
  • ​​Steel cable bike locks may be lighter than U-locks, but they're also notoriously easy to cut through. Chains are one alternative, although they're heavy. So, what's lighter than a chain, and more cut-resistant than cable? According to a group of German designers, their textile-based lock is.​
  • Science
    There are many people who could use a bit of help moving their limbs, but they don't necessarily need a full-on exoskeleton. Well, imagine if their clothes could provide that help. Such a thing may one day be possible, thanks to the recent creation of "textile muscles."
  • ​We’re wearing electronic devices, and soon we could be wearing clothing that powers those devices. Now a team at Georgia Tech has developed a fabric that gathers energy from both the sun and movement simultaneously, which could be used to create power-generating clothing or other textile products.
  • Approximately 5.8 million tons (5.26 million tonnes) of textile waste are generated in the European Union every year. That's why scientists are exploring a new use for the waste – they're turning it into interior wall panels. ​
  • How does a spider's web remain taut after being warped out of shape by winds and intrusive insects? Scientists have now unraveled this little mystery and used it as the basis of a self-spooling liquid wire they say could be used in a variety of applications.
  • If researchers at RMIT have their way, the amount of time we spend measuring capfuls of liquid, scraping out the lint filter and refolding our duds may soon be slashed thanks to a new coating that cleans fabrics whenever they're exposed to light.