"Reevaluating the way we see organic residues, by exploring the potential uses they may have"
All the organic matter we do not consume can be reintroduced into the value chain if we give them the right treatment. The project seeks to reuse these organic residues and develop a sustainable material whose properties can be similar to the current synthetic textiles available in the market.
For this project I developed 11 different bio-textiles, all made from organic materials which can be sewn and manipulated as a textile. They are water-resistant and and depending on fruit/vegetable residue, changes the strength and flexibility.
Cascara explores the different properties, textures, and colors as a
way to embrace and communicate
the potential value of what is commonly seen as organic waste. With
this project, we can appreciate the diversity of our natural resources
and the synergy they can have when combining them to get the best out
of every material.
Rather than presenting these materials as the future substitute for
textiles currently being used, they were designed with the purpose of
displaying the beauty of using such delicate and short-living resources
by creating a strong and lasting message within the value and tangible
potential there is in perishable and impermanent objects.
With this project, we can appreciate the diversity of our natural resources
and the synergy they can have when combining them to get the best out of
Made of : Pomelo - Mandarin - Spinach - Blackberry - Raspberry
As part of my project I wanted to share what I learned so that others can test
and interact with the materials.
I appreciate people who share their previous knowledge on biomaterials.
They laid the foundation to my work, and I would love to be part of that
for the next one who wants to learn more about it.
As a result I made a bio-textiles compendium for sharing the knowledge
I acquire during this project. Inside the book, you can find all the
successful recipes I came up with during the semester, observations of each
one of them; material preparation, and some applications regarding what
you can create with Cascarā.
The bio-textiles have been tested and they can be laser cutted as well.
In the book you can find patterns for laser cutting, such as the examples below.
Making process video 👆🏻