Going green by wearing red wine? | TheUnion.com

Going green by wearing red wine?

Clothing designers of our local “Haute Trash” fashion shows might want to take note of some clothing research currently going on in Australia.

In a story in Decanteur magazine last month, Sophie Montagne reported that Australian scientists have found a way to grow clothes out of red wine waste products.

Gary Cass of the University of Western Australia noticed that a rubbery cellulose layer formed on the surface of wine after long exposure to air such as when wine is made into vinegar.

He started looking at it as a kind of bacterially woven fabric and wondered if there might be any use for the “fermented cloth.”

He started to think of it as a potential alternative to cotton and silk.

The next step in the process was to lift the cellulose material out of the vat and drape it over an inflatable doll in the shape of a dress.

When the bacteria have grown and bonded together the doll is deflated and removed leaving a ready to wear garment in the pre-formed shape. No threads or sewing of any kind is required.

Cass has also been experimenting with making clear fabrics out of beer. But he admitted there are still some drawbacks. The garments must be kept wet. Apparently when the fabric dries, it becomes very much like tissue paper and tears very easily.

Still, you could be the belle of the ball at your next wet T-shirt party or Haute Trash fashion show.

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