Nature as paradigm for sustainability in the textile and apparel industry

Kapsali, Veronika (2012) Nature as paradigm for sustainability in the textile and apparel industry. In: The Sustainable Fashion Handbook. Thames and Hudson, London, pp. 278-283. ISBN 978-0500290569

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Abstract

Imagine if clothing of the future would adapt, grow, self repair and change appearance. The relationship between wearer and garment would be that of symbiosis enabled by developments in material science that produce textiles able to imitate functionalities of living organisms rather than just the properties of natural fibres. We can expect clothing of the future to host an array of new properties that may interact or integrate with the body, self maintain, reproduce and self assemble to accommodate changes in our activity and environment. Materials and structures in nature already demonstrate these functions and can indicate ways of transferring the technology into clothing. Biomimetics can operate as a platform to accommodate these future requirements and provide a new perspective in the design and assembly of clothing systems.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Sustainable Fashion Handbook edited by Sandy Black © 2012 Sandy Black. Reproduced by kind permission of Thames & Hudson Ltd., London
Subjects: J500 Materials Technology not otherwise specified
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Design > Northumbria Design
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Depositing User: Veronika Kapsali
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2012 15:48
Last Modified: 11 May 2017 15:45
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/9206

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