Sunday, 22 December 2013

Naturally Coloured Silk

TED's 10 - New Technologies 

One of the aims of "TED's Ten' is 'Design to Reduce Energy and Water Use.' The dyeing of textiles uses vast quantities of water and therefore is incredibly polluting. Scientists have created a way of minimising the water usage in the dying process. Silkworm larvae are fed on a diet of dyed mulberry leaves, which naturally coloured their usually white cocoons. Experimentations on this type of dyeing are far from finished, but scientists are well on their way to create intrinsically dyed silks.

Ecouterre. 2014. Silkworms Naturally Colored Silk. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 27 December 13]

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