A team of scientists working out of the University of Western Australia have recently created a garment that has been made from red wine. They turned the wine into a substance similar to cotton by adding a bacteria to it. From this material they have made swimwear, T-shirts and even dresses, and they are currently working on ways to make the material stronger so that the fabric tears less easily.
The lead researcher behind the creation of this material is Gary Cass. He has been working with an artist in order to create a range of clothing for women from the material, and it is thought that in the near future a full range of clothes could be created from the material.
Cass has stated, “We have combined science and art in order to create a new type of garment that can be made without any stitching. Our ultimate goal is to create this type of garment which is also strong and not prone to tearing.”
The bacteria is added to a large vat of wine which converts the wine into vinegar and a substance that forms on the surface of the wine. It is this layer that forms on the surface that can then be harvested and made into clothing. It is constructed by the substance being put onto a mannequin which is then deflated and this substance removed.
Unfortunately for now, when the material dries, it becomes like tissue paper and can easily tear. Therefore the person wearing the clothing needs to keep wet. However, scientists are currently working on the technology in order to make it more viable for commercial use.
In an interview with the magazine Wired Cass commented, “It is our hope that this new way of creating materials inspires other people to come up with other futuristic options for society. We also hope that this material can have application elsewhere including engineering, medicine and even architecture.”