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Textiles dyeing with Bacteria

No harmful chemicals, significantly lower water consumption. Julia Moser explains how pigment bacteria are used to color clothing. (German language)

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Textile bacteria dyeing with living organisms is an extremely sustainable and resource-saving dyeing method that does not require harmful chemicals. The bacterial strains multiply in a very small space and do not require large areas of land, the use of pesticides or high amounts of water resources. After the dyeing process, almost 100% of the pigments remain in the fabric. Thus, bacterial dyeing provides compelling advantages over dyeing methods that use synthetic or natural dyes. However, to make this technique competitive with other dyeing and printing methods also on an aesthetic level, this project sets out to obtain defined textile patterns by navigating the bacteria strains in their growth through various influencing factors. By combining textile bacteria dyeing with traditional as well as new technologies, innovative possibilities for textile pattern development with bacteria are being presented.

Project Credits:
Vienna Textile Lab
Erich Schopf

www.livingpigments.com
www.julia-moser.com

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