Natural Self-grown Fashion From Bacterial Cellulose: A Paradigm Shift Design Approach In Fashion Creation

Man Ching Frankie Ng, Phoebe W. Wang

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The fashion industry is regarded as responsible for causing soil erosion, water pollution, and large-scale carbon dioxide emissions and waste because of the many production processes it involves. This paper reports on a study that explored the concept of future fashion, which uses materials that grow directly from natural and renewable sources (i.e. biofashion from bacterial cellulose). In this study, various types of bacterial cellulose were studied and evaluated. Green tea cellulose was identified as the most desirable for fashion creation. The cellulosic pellicles of green tea grown in various culture solution concentrations and incubation times were compared for an optimal result. A theoretical and practical framework was established to explore bacterial cellulose for use in fashion creation. Successful realization of natural self-grown fashion (SGF) has tremendous creative and practical potential, as well as a profound ecological effect on the fashion industry and the environment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)837-855
Number of pages19
JournalDesign Journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016


  • bacterial cellulose
  • bio-fashion
  • innovative fashion creation
  • self-grown fashion (SGF)
  • sustainable design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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