Sublime Materiality

8th February 2012

Known for pushing the boundaries of materials and materiality, Icelandic Designer Sruli Recht has reached new heights in his materials with his latest collection.

From Horsetail hair satin that is made from the waste products of horse farms and hand woven at 3cm a day, to Cetacea leather that is made from bits of dolphin skin. Sourced from nets and dolphins washed up by the sea, nearly un-tannable the skin has a quality that is truly unique.

But the master piece is the knit that has been knitted from silk from the silk gland of a spider that has been placed in the milk duct of a goat.

A single filament is taken from the goat, making it one of the hardest to get fibres in the world. Using 2 skeins of silk it took 4 days to unravel the threads just to prepare for the knitting itself.

The holy grail of the textiles industry - spider silk with its attributes of being stronger than steel and kevlar but at a fraction of the weight just suggests the tipping of the scales of how synthetic biology and textiles are successfully beginning to reap rewards.




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