Move over cotton: Designer makes clothes from milk

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A young German fashion designer is revolutionizing fashion by designing clothes using a unique fabric made with milk. Using high concentrations of the milk protein casein, Anke Domaske’s fabric called QMilch is the first man-made fiber produced entirely without chemicals.

According to Reuters, Domaske touts her new fabric as being good for the environment and for your health.   Domaske said in the report that the amino acids in the protein used to make QMilch fabric are antibacterial, anti-aging and can help regulate both blood circulation and body temperature.

But how does it feel on a person’s skin?

“It feels like silk,” Domaske told Reuters. “And it doesn’t smell – you can wash it just like anything else.”

Domaske’s fashion label Mademoiselle Chi Chi -- a favorite among the likes of Mischa Barton and Ashlee Simpson -- has now started weaving the milk fiber into its collection. In the future Domaske intends to design a collection made entirely from the milk fiber.

Although milk fabric has been around since the 1930s, production usually included the use of many chemicals. Unlike these earlier prototypes, QMilch is made entirely from casein, which is extracted from dried milk powder and then heated with other natural ingredients.

As a former microbiology student, Domaske took on the challenge of making an ecological milk fabric.

"We have developed an all-natural fiber consisting of a very high concentration of casein, with a few other natural ingredients -- and in only two years," Domaske said to Reuters.

According to Domaske, it takes about 6 liters (1.5 gallons) of milk to produce an entire dress. Those interested in her designs should be prepared to pay up to US $270 (€200).  

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Source: Reuters



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