Growing vegan leather from coconut water

Zuzana Gombosova Saturday, 1 September 2018

Dissatisfied with the lack of practical and stylish leather replacements, Susmith C. Suseelan, a product designer with years of experience as a papermaker, set out to make his own. With the help of Zuzana Gombosova, a designer and material researcher, they developed an environmentally and animal-friendly leather alternative called Malai, grown from bacterial cellulose and 100% vegan.

We caught up with Zuzana, to hear first-hand how the material came about and the future of this incredible fabric.


In This Video you'll Learn

  • How Malai started
  • How the material is made
  • The positive environmental and social impact it has
  • The types of products it is suited to
  • The properties of malai
  • How the fabric is naturally coloured
  • How to get hold of it!

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