October 10, 2011
German designer Anke Domaske likes milk. I don't know if she drinks it often, but she makes clothes out of it. With a background in microbiology, the 28-year-old clothing creator of Mademoiselle Chi Chi has fashioned a way to make fabric from good old cow juice.
"How?" you might ask. The process is sciencey, of course, but involves using the proteins in milk to create fibers that can be woven into a yarn. With a silky texture, the milk fabric, called QMilch, is the first to use not a single chemical in its production. Milk proteins have actually been used in clothing for decades but not to this extent.
Having developed the material in a mere two years, Domaske is proud of the "green" nature of QMilch. The fabric, shown in yarn form above, is environmentally friendly not only because it is chemical-free, but also because it presents a use for milk that would otherwise have been discarded, meaning less food waste.
I'm not sure how true this is or to what extent it is effective, but QMilch is also said to have health benefits. Yes, Damaske claims that the milk material, thanks to amino acids in the protein, can help to regulate circulation and body temperature, plus provide antibacterial and anti-aging effects. Maybe if you eat it (I would recommend just drinking milk in that case).
If this is all true, this QMilch thing will probably catch on pretty quickly, except maybe for the lactose intolerant.
Would you wear clothing made from milk?