Julia Bell, Natalia Cabalceta, Saif Khawaja, Alina Peng, Mengda Zhang

Denimaize

Denimaize uses biodesign to redesign denim. We take wasted and diseased corn husks and process them to extract their cellulose fibers. The corn fibers are spun with flax and woven in a twill pattern. The fabric is then colored with microbial dye and relaxed with cellulase enzymes. Denimaize is a response to the dominance of the corn crop in the U.S. and the waste it generates, as well as the pollution in the denim industry. Denimaize is proposing a biological (albeit corny) alternative to the old way of denim processing.
Denimaize is a studio based out of the University of Pennsylvania, comprised of bio-designers, artists and engineers. We focus on experimenting with diseased and wasted corn husks, microbes and enzymes to create a sustainable, unique and updated denim.
https://denimaize.webflow.io/

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