Fabrics: growing vegan leather from coconut water

Charlie Bradley Ross Saturday, 1 September 2018

To create conventional leather products, a long list of environment-harming chemicals, such as polymers, dyes and resins, must be used. And let’s not forget the plethora of animal-welfare issues it can also raise.

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 help from Zuzana Gombosova, a Slovakian designer and material researcher, they have 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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