by Reshape



Design is an agent for values and vision. reGROW is an exploration in sustainability, local-manufacturing and the intelligent use of a living organism – kombucha. Kombucha , a bacterial cellulose, is one of the most promising natural, renewable polymers for biomedical applications. reGROW utilizes the simple and rapid cultivation of kombucha, common maker tools, reuse of waste grape crops and open source philosophies to deliver an intelligent biomedical gown that can assist in the rehabilitation of patients with a selection of skin injuries and ailments.

The reGROW project involves a multidisciplinary, international team in the investigation of bacterial cellulose potential as an assistive and reactive fabric with use-specific applications. The water retention and moisturising properties make the material an ideal candidate to combine both burn treatment and the delivery of encapsulated active compounds onto damaged skin. reGROW is a smart, yet fashionable, scalable and easy-to-produce medical gown.

reGROW opens up two main tracks of future development: finely-tuned, personalised drug delivery and on-demand, easily producible skin treating gauze for remote areas and provides an  option in biomedical treatments for local communities around the globe

Design team that made this project come true:

○ Surzhana Radnaeva – fashion designer and fashion photographer
○ Vivien Roussel – kombucha expert/maker
○ Benjamin Denjean – ecosystem designer
○ Adrien Rigobello – project manager
○ Tim Leeson – designer
○ Dr Robert Pott – collaborating researcher
○ Model – Valeria Gelardi

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