Fashion Goes Au Naturel

Biomimicry and the Future of Clothing


From towering skyscrapers inspired by electromagnetic fields to aerodynamic bullet trains modeled after bird beaks, humans have long looked to nature for design solutions. The fashion world, too, is getting in on the biomimicry act, innovating garments and textiles that emulate nature's genius.

What is Biomimicry?

Biomimicry, also called biomimetics, is the practice of mimicking models, systems, and elements of nature to solve complex human problems. It's an interdisciplinary approach that views nature as a mentor and measure, studying organisms and ecosystems to derive inspiration for sustainable solutions.

Biomimicry in Textiles

An apple never falls far from the tree, or, in this case, textile production processes never stray far from nature's influence. Here are some mind-blowing examples of biomimetic textiles:

1. Spider Silk Bioengineering

The strongest natural fiber known to science, spider silk, possesses unparalleled tensile strength, flexibility, and toughness. While humans have long failed at replicating the complex proteins that make up spider silk, companies like Bolt Threads and Spiber are using bioengineering to produce synthetic spider silk fibers on a mass scale. Applications range from outdoor gear to medical sutures.