You may not think of clothing itself as wearable tech, but a lot goes into designing and creating fabrics that withstand our everyday lives. Outerwear for example must be comfortable, washable, splashproof at the very least and of course, wearable.
You might be surprised to learn that some elements of fabrics used in clothing are used in architecture, sailing, sportswear and medical equipment. Fibres can be spun to add shine, strength, stretch, warmth / coolness and stain proofing.
The science behind fabric creation – and especially today with an emphasis on no waste – is fascinating. Many of the mills we buy our wools from have been recycling from way before it was trendy to do so. Post war, the mills in Prato, Italy, boiled down uniforms and dead men’s clothing to make new fabrics for the new world. And they haven’t stopped there. The use of new fibres blended with traditional ones has become an everyday practice and the production of wool now uses much less water and produces much less waste.