Fashion Designer Creates Clothes From Milk

10/07/2021 09:39 AM ET

A fashion designer has created clothes from milk. The designer is 28-year-old Anke Domaske from Hanover, Germany. The fabric for clothes she created is called QMilch which is made from high concentrations of the milk protein casein.

It is the first man made fabric that has been created without chemicals. “It feels like silk and it doesn’t smell — you can wash it just like anything else,” Domaske told Reuters.

Milk fabric has been around since the 1930s but was always produced in unecological ways that used a lot of chemicals. Unlike earlier prototypes, QMilch is made almost entirely from casein.

Made from all natural materials, the QMilch fabric is ecological but also has many health benefits, said Domaske, who said the amino acids in the protein are antibacterial, anti-aging and can help regulate both blood circulation and body temperature.

To create the fabric the casein is extracted from dried milk powder and then heated up in a type of meat-mincing machine with other natural ingredients. The fibre comes out in strands and is spun into yarn on a spinning machine. During the heating process, the molecules bind in such a way that the protein won’t decompose.

Domaske said it would take about 6 liters of milk to produce an entire dress, which costs about 150 euros ($199 U.S.) to 200 euros.

Due to its anti-bacterial qualities, the milk fibre can also be used in medicine and makeup. Moreover, some auto companies have looked into using the fibre for car upholstery.

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