BioColour: sustainable colour aesthetics

Transforming fashion by getting rid of toxic colours. See this and other fascinating projects on display in the Designs for a Cooler Planet main exhibition in Marsio on 6 Sept – 3 Oct 2024.
Sofia Ilmonen Biocolour
Modular dress by Sofia Ilmonen dyed with biocolours. Photo: Diana Luganski

The textile industry uses over 10,000 oil-based synthetic dyes that are carcinogenic and damage ecosystems. In contrast, biocolours make up only 1% of dyes due to variability and perceived quality issues in mass production.

This pursuit for colour consistency leads to an environmentally unfriendly, uniform aesthetic. BioColour challenges these norms, advocating for embracing imperfections and colour variety as part of sustainable fashion aesthetics.

Showcasing Sofia Ilmonen’s modular garments dyed with biocolours, the exhibition invites visitors to reflect their attitudes towards fading, change and temporality.

biocolour research project

BioColour (external link)

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Designs for a Cooler Planet

This fall, the festival celebrates innovative and collaborative designs addressing the impossible sustainability challenges. Experience tomorrow in Otaniemi on 6 Sept – 3 Oct 2024!

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