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Fungal integrated garments

Designer Helena Elston explores the upcycling of textile waste combined with mycelial growth.

Called FIG (Fungal Integrated Garments), the four-year project consists of a series of handmade, wearable clothing made from local London waste products, including discarded textiles, garments and coffee sacks. The textiles haven been manipulated through a process involving mycelium (the root system of mushrooms). The mycelium is used in various ways, such as complete garment decomposition, appliqué on waste garments, and seaming alternatives for thread.

The goal of the project is to find ways to safely decompose textiles and find fast fashion alternatives.

Photos: Helena Elston