4 Smart Textiles You've Yet To See

Self-repairing fabric, leather grown from microbes, and more


Tomorrow's clothes could be grown from bacteria in a Petri dishVia Fashioningtech

You've probably seen water-repellant textiles where droplets of water miraculously bubble upon contact with the fabric. You may even own a pair of moisture-wicking workout pants. Smart fabrics have slowly made their way into the consumer market primarily in fitness wear but the potentials of using smart textiles still remains relatively unexplored.

Below are four magical materials that will capture your imagination and provide a glimpse at the novel properties of our future wardrobe.

Self-Repairing Fabric

In the near future you may never need to mend a pair of socks. Just watch the video — it's incredible.

Water Soluble Textiles

Clothes that dissolve and disappear may solve fashion's sustainability crisis.

Environmentally Responsive Fabrics

Similar to the way our skin responds with goosebumps when we feel a slight chill, our garments will be subtly and poetically responsive to environmental factors. CLIMATOLOGY is an exploration of the way our environments and garments may shift shape and color in response to environmental changes such as moisture, heat and light.


Putting microbes to work, Suzanne Lee grows a flexible, translucent material with similar properties to leather.

This post was adapted from an article that originally appeared on Fashioningtech.