Can You Imagine Wearing Tea?
Tea has been steeped for hundreds of years, being rich in culture and enjoyment.
From then to the present, it has been used as a form of international currency, traded for drugs to feed an addiction, and infused as a beverage in myriad fashions.
However, to add more to its versatility, we can say that this staple has a new application: one where you express your love of tea on your sleeve – literally.
The scientists at Imperial College London along with fashion designers from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design have been busy working to create a fabric. The goal is to make it similar in texture to leather, but more lightweight and far more eco-friendly.
This material, which can be used to make anything from shirts, jackets, dresses to shoes, is made from – you guessed it – tea. Here’s how they say it is made:
“It is made by combining tea leaves, sugar, water and other nutrients. Over the course of several days, bacteria are added to the solution, producing long filaments of cellulose that clump together to form thin mats of fabric that float on the top of the mixture.
Once dried, this becomes become see-through and similar in appearance to papyrus. However, it can be treated, dyed and moulded to produce different textures and effects.”
There is just one thing of a problem with this. The article states that the bacteria tend to cause the “tea-shirts” to be a bit on the stinky side. But once they can overcome this obstacle, you’ll be sure to see your friendly neighbourhood Tea Sommelier rockin’ the look!