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Efforts are being made on several fronts to make the textile industry more sustainable, including the use of non-toxic pigments. Austrian designer Julia Moser, for example, dyes textiles with pigment-producing bacteria.
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Moser selected several species of bacteria that produced varying colours of pigment. As the bacteria grew, patterns emerged that inspired her to create a kind of ‘bacterial language’ that allowed her to send commands to a digital knitting machine depending on the coloured pixels of the fabric. This created three-dimensional, tactile surface structures that formed the basis for new fashion pieces.

Read more about Julia Moser’s work on MaterialDistrict.

Image: Julia Moser