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FABULOUS FUNGI

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'Monascus Purpureus' fungi.
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One of the major problems in the fashion industry is water pollution caused by the harmful textile dyes. Therefore, my project focusses on how biodesign can reduce the use of harmful textile dyes by the use of fungi.

This project focusses on one of the major problems in the fashion industry: water pollution.

I believe biodesign can reduce the use of harmful textile dyes. Fungi are a promising source for this. There are different fungal species that create pigments which can be used for textile dyeing. Fungal dye will have many benefits over synthetic textile dye and other alternatives. Besides, it’s even suitable for industrial use. After identifying methods on how to grow the fungi and extract the pigments, fungal dye has been created in cooperation with Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute.

Fungal pigments react differently on various kinds of fabrics. This effect is utilised to create prints. As an inspiration for these prints I observed the chemical structures of the fungal pigments used for the dye. The prints are implemented in garments and visualised in Clo3D.


You can watch the livestream on: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/774132762

360 view of my exhibition during 'The Fashion Experience':
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Ilse Kremer

I am a fashion/textile designer and biodesigner. I have recently graduated from Willem de Kooning Academy.

I don’t believe in the fast fashion industry, nor mass production. Sustainability is therefore an important aspect of my work. I love to work with recycling and natural dyeing methods.
Furthermore, I am obsessed with colour. I believe colour is a way of expressing yourself. I am also interested in technology, especially in the benefits it can bring into a more sustainable way of fashion.