Microalgae Dyes

“The fashion industry is always busy with producing light-stable colors. But products change just like people. If objects are only used for a very short period of time before people get bored by them, why shouldn’t textiles change its color after a time, just as well? It’s a trace, a story in the object.”

Statement by Essi Johanna Glomb and Rasa Weber from the Berlin-based studio Blond & Bieber. These two designers believe in the pigment power of algae, and they’re at the forefront of using different kinds of algae for fashion. Together they’ve developed Algaemy, an analogue textile-printer which produces its own pigment from fast-growing algae. Their pigments come in shades of blue, green-brown, and red from microalgae, and the algal cells literally have a life of their own. “We wanted to open up a new perspective on algae as a rich resource, not only in a technological way but also aesthetically,” said Glomb and Weber

By directly citing the source, Motherboard, wearing algae clothing is somewhat unpredictable, the colors can change and fade when exposed to the sunlight, some of the green algae pigment changes to blue, while pink-hued algae turns to red and then orange. However, probably the most fascinating aspect is that, for the moment, they’re selling the concept, not items of clothing. So you won’t see Algaemy in boutiques anytime soon. Still, red is the most popular color, “which is most surprising, as people usually think about microalgae as something green,” Glomb and Weber said.







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