Clothing made from milk?
When you think about the materials that make up your clothing, the first things that probably come to mind are cotton, wool, silk, and nylon. One thing is for certain, you probably did not think about milk…
What if we told you that it was possible to make clothing from milk?
Meet Duedilatte – a revolutionary textile made from milk waste. The milk-based fabric, itself, is light, soft, breathable, and antibacterial. What more could you want in a fabric?
The material is made by altering a protein in milk waste that allows it to be transformed into thread which is subsequently loomed into fabric.
The history of the fabric dates back to 1936, when Antonio Ferretti invented the first milk fiber in Italy.
Waste milk is the base ingredient of the fabric – inside of the milk waste is a protein called casein. When the casein in the waste milk is combined with a reagent, its structured shifts, and it can be extracted and dried.
Once it is extracted and dried, it becomes a powder that is made into fine thread.
Once in thread form, the thread is turned into thicker yarn using looms. Next, the yarn is knit into larger sheets of milk fabric which can then be made into clothing.
Next time you happen to be drinking a glass of milk, just remember that it is possible to wear clothing made from the same beverage… Got milk?