Mode fibers from milk

Mode fibers from milk

Hanover : Germany | Oct 19, 2011 at 12:51 PM PDT
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German designer Anke Domaske and her fashions made from milk | euromaxx

A whole floor in a trendy factory building, the walls of white, black soil. Clear: In the fashion world, nothing should distract simply to color on the clothes, not in the Office. So even in the company of Qmilch in Hanover. The white Elixir is the latest coup of the owner Anke Domaske. The native Leipzigerin comes from a fashion-loving family and has set a fashion label at the age of 19: Mademoiselle Chichi, shortly MCC. But was alone not enough research participant on the former Youth: "I thought I learn what concrete, who knows whether the other works," she laughing defended her biology studies. Six years that went to every morning study to Göttingen, in the evening back to the company so.

Chic from milk fibre

MCC was always successful, even Hollywood actresses like Mischa Barton were already the stuff of the unpretentious student. 2009, to the end of his studies, she decided to fashion. "It was about then, as we learned of milk fibre." This was always only with chemistry and was not at all environmentally friendly. "We have said, we find but that great, since we produce a natural fibre from them." And so brought together Domaske their two passions without further ADO to one, and founded a second company, Qmilch.

Search for a thread

Together with six employees of the fashion label, placed it in the lab and experimented. Before some producers of milk fibre had tried, but an eco-friendly version was never strong enough. And all people the experiment succeeded the assembled troops: "we are all from different disciplines, I'm the only scientist." "And I studied Yes also not textile production."

Lucky is also one of them, says Domaske, and above all patience. Team mixes together a recipe and try out. Is the fiber water proof? Tear-proof? After several hundred times, it is there - and the fiber Qmilch is born.

Revolutionary milk thread

The patented result is revolutionary. Although attempts for some years to anchor ecological thought in the fashion industry, but the implementation is difficult. For the production of cotton, for example, organic cotton, you need plenty of water. On the one hand for the installation itself, on the other hand, for the manufacture of clothing. Because to get the many colorful colors on the shirts, chemicals must be used and herausgewaschen with plenty of water again at the end. Also for eco fashion, this is true so far, there are hardly any natural colors in good quality.

The milk fiber, however, comes out with two litres of water in the production. Also, the company Qmilch it takes to use only milk from production residues. In a large machine the milk protein, casein, water, and some other natural raw materials such as beeswax land so. "That works like a large meat grinder," explains Anke Domaske, inside there are two spirals, then the mass is heated until it is malleable. "At the end, you have a calibrators, because the mass is pushed through, and you get a fiber that is thinner than a hair." And the fiber is sent in turn to a twisting and finally to the material manufacturer.


Already the prototype hanging on a coat rack in the Hanoverian factory floor. Although only 25 percent of the new fiber have been used, the difference is clear. Silky and easily the garment feels.Therefore, Cleopatra has bathed in milk, so always.

Anyway, the good compatibility was an important reason for the entrepreneur to develop at all a milk fiber. Many friends in their environment are allergic, can sometimes not even attract a simple T-Shirt without out allergic to. Domaske says: "This affects a very." "We wanted to help such people and that was the starting point."

Good sales opportunities

The market for the anti-allergenic wipes is huge. More and more people react to chemicals in everyday life, used everywhere: in the clothing, the bedding, the car seats. The interest of the corresponding industries was naturally great. Anke Domaske had automakers, hotels and medical technicians on the phone. Next year Qmilch starts production in Hannover, the fiber will be processed then not only in the own fashion label, but open also to all other customers. But first she must look for 28 new rooms. Probably in a still larger factory floor with white walls and black soil.

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Anke Domaske is a 28 year old biologist and fashion designer who makes clothes from a very unusual fabric, milk yarn. She has come up with an easy and environmentally friendly way to extract fibres from milk and her designs are proving very successful.
Vicky247 is based in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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