High Tech Meets Low Waste in New Computer Generated Eco-Fashion

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Credit: Science Museum.

From the London Science Museum's "Trash Fashion" exhibit -- joining other green fashion innovations like a garment grown from a vat of green tea and an upcycled origami dress already covered here on TreeHugger -- is a new fashion technology called Direct Panel on Loom (DPOL). Indian fashion designer and technologist Siddhartha Upadhyaya, of eco-fashion label "August Fashion," has created the process which utilizes a loom, attached to a computer, that weaves made-to-fit garment sections. They are then sewn together by hand. No fabric waste is created because no fabric is cut in the process. More:The computer simulated DPOL process, according to the designer's website, saves yarn, dyes and chemicals, reduces lead time by almost 50%, and can handle small orders. The final product has no shade variation and is difficult to copy. It also conserves natural resources: According to the London Science Museum, DPOL saves 70-80% of water compared to standard methods of garment manufacturing.

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Credit: Science Museum.

The London Science Museum points out that the technology "combines the weaving, fabric-cutting and patterning stages all into one process." Could we see more computer-generated fashion in the future? We certainly hope so. DPOL saves time, money, and resources.

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High Tech Meets Low Waste in New Computer Generated Eco-Fashion
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