The “Futurotextiles” exhibition in Romania

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“Futurotextiles”, a unique exhibition that presents a sweater that can check your health, strawberry roots lace and a dress made of cellulose that grows by herself, being produced by the germs that cause the fermentation of wine, was opened on Tuesday in Timisoara, in the presence of the French ambassador in Romania, Phillipe Gustin.
The exhibition will tour Romania, this fall, at the initiative of the French Institute. September 10 to 29, it will be in the TIMCO warehouses in Timisoara and October 15 to November 22, at the National History Museum in Bucharest.
The “Futurotextiles” project was born after the technical and cultural boom in Lille, in the northern part of France. At the initiative of the Lille3000 Association, who coordinated the cultural activities during 2004, when Lille was the European Cultural Capital, the exhibition offers an overview of the many uses of the contemporary textiles, from the artistic creation, to the applied sciences.
From the first edition, in 2006, “Futurotextiles” had over 500,000 visitors all over the world (Lille, Istanbul, Casablanca, Shanghai, Barcelona, Prato, Lodz). After the first two editions, the current exhibition includes the new findings and emphasizes the natural fibers, the extremely casual and the inventions worthy of science-fiction authors.
The exhibition has three parts: the teaching one, which explains the origins and the diversity of textiles, the scientific one that focuses on the future technology of textiles and the artistic one, because the new fibers and their special properties inspire the creators and the designers more than ever.
“The origins of fibers are, at times, strange. Coffee, a pebble or glycine can make a fiber, a thread of fabric. The new fibers seem to come from science-fiction directly. Interactive, intelligent, subject to various textile protective coating, starching and microcapsule techniques, they get cosmetic and therapeutic properties, there are, for example, bio-sensorial textiles, which can change certain physical conditions depending on the environment, becoming antibacterial, thermostatic, able to regulate temperature, hydrophilic or therapeutic”, Caroline David, the curator of the exhibition explained.