The future keeps getting cooler and cooler. It seems like just yesterday that fibers made from recycled water bottles was the big breakthrough. Well, Fiji and Evian... We see your plastic water bottles and raise you pineapples and sour milk. That's right, you can now wear clothes from pineapple and the froth from your morning latte.
While pineapple fibers offer new possibilities on a global scale, pina fabric has actually been around for hundreds of years. In fact, pina fiber is derived from the leaves of the Spanish Red Pineapple and has long been considered the finest of all hand-woven fabrics in the Philippines. Sought after for it's delicate and light weight natural glossy texture, piña fabric is quite precious and scarce, which also makes it expensive.
New companies are working to develop larger supply to make pina fibers more widely available and cost effective.
Meanwhile, on the milk front (there's a milk front..?), German designer Anke Domaske is the leading spokesperson for the new fabric through her company and brand Qmilk. Originally looking for a non-allergenic fabric for her cancer-stricken father. Searching for a more environmentally friendly fiber she came up with the idea of sour milk, a fiber so innocuous you could eat it.
It works "like a big noodle machine," according to Domaske. "You add the protein powder – it looks like flour – to water and you mix it into a dough. Then there's a nozzle at the end with teeny tiny holes that put out textile fibres instead of noodles." Watch her interview below to see all the applications of sour milk and it's revolutionary potential.
Needless to say, the future of fashion is exciting!
Moral of the Story: Fashion is on the cusp of a fiber revolution.