Making Clothes
From Kombucha

clothing made with kombucha on dress form

In 2017, Fashion Design student Tahiya Hossain, a Genspace scholar, began researching alternatives to traditional materials for fabrics and garments. Genspace, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting science literacy through citizen access to biotechnology, provided her lab space in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, as well as mentorship and resources. Hossain worked with symbiotic cultures of bacteria and yeast (SCOBY), which are typically used used to make kombucha—a beverage made from fermented tea. Using such a nontraditional material presents unique challenges, but could someday lessen the environmental impact of fiber production.

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