Creative Design: Graduate

Wearing the Celluloses from Nature

  • Derek Chun Kit Chan (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
  • Jooyoung Shin (Cornell University)


Material is one of the fundamental elements in fashion. Exploring an innovative method to develop a new sustainable material creates a new approach in fashion. Besides the conventional plant cellulose, bacterial cellulose is another kinds of leather-like sustainable natural textile material. It is cultivated from symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast with sugary tea.The experimental menswear design combined different kinds of natural cellulose demonstrates a future approach to the usage of natural sustainable resources. A bacterial cellulose short sleeve shirt and linen short pants are executed to provide the idea combining the conventional natural plant cellulose with newly developed bacterial cellulose in the design. The “Wearing the cellulose from Nature” brings an inventive design with zero waste cultivation approach and contemporary cutting which show the practicability of bacterial cellulose to perform as a wearable garment and its potential to become an alternative for leather.

How to Cite:

Chan, D. & Shin, J., (2016) “Wearing the Celluloses from Nature”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 73(1).

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Published on
10 Nov 2016
Peer Reviewed