BBC reports that an agricultural scientist, Dr Matthew Horne, is working with De Montfort University. The 'Sting' project team on a range of cloths, office furnishings and for cars, made of stinging nettles.What we do very well here is innovation in technical textiles, manufacturing methods and design said-Julie King.[Nettle fiber fashion fabrics]. Head of the Department of Fashion and Textiles.
De Montfort University.
Dr Horne revealed that nettles have properties which allow them to be blended with other fibres and are a cheap and renewable crop.The project started when student Alex Dear designed lingerie made from the plants and it is hoped that making fabrics from nettles mixed with other materials will become commercially viable thanks to the team's research.
Julie King, Head of the university's Department of Fashion and Textiles, also told the news provider that the east Midlands is the second largest manufacturing region for clothing and textiles in the EU.
"What we do very well here is innovation in technical textiles, manufacturing methods and design," she continued.De Montfort University student Danielle Smith recently designed a nurse's uniform which could reduce the chance of spreading infection.The outfit is made from PermaGuard, an antibacterial material used in construction to prevent mould and fungus.
De Montfort University.http://www.ukinvest.gov.uk