The future of textile

The future of textile

Stella McCartney A/W 2017 campaign shot by Harley Weir

COURTESY OF : Stella McThe technological revolution has led to new businesses model but has also modified the more traditional sectors. This is the case of the textile industry, a sector that has already experienced its transformation three centuries ago, with the introduction of the steam engine and new techniques of mass production.


Although it is one of the best-known cases, as the Fashionista Fashion Portal mention, Stella McCartney has just joined forces to Silicon Valley for ideas that can help them put their companies at the forefront of design and sustainability.


Another example is Natsai Chieza, a former worker at Ginkgo Bioworks, a startup that is exploring a method that applies bacteria-secreted pigments to dye the tissues. The technique significantly reduces water consumption and the pigment itself is natural and non-toxic, produced by bacteria.


Another technology movement in the sector is a recent discovery by the Hong Kong Research and Textile Institute (HKRITA) in partnership with the H&M Foundation. HKRITA announced in September that it has successfully developed a method for separating cotton and polyester into polyester/cotton blends that allow both materials to be recycled to new yarns. The process uses heat, minimal amounts of water and less than 5% of biodegradable chemicals to separate the fibers. Polyester, in particular, does not experience quality loss as a result of the process.


Despite all the efforts, current technology still does not allow the reuse of discarded garments completely, especially if the fabric is damaged. This means that the tons of clothing collected on a global scale do not always return to fashion.


It is a slow process but we are getting there, with brilliant scientist and startups working together with fashion designers, the consumer is more and more concern. We are walking towards the truly textile revolution and technology: Avoid the waste, produce with conciseness.