Biomimicry in textiles: past, present and potential. An overview

L. Eadie, T. K. Ghosh
2011 Journal of the Royal Society Interface  
The natural world around us provides excellent examples of functional systems built with a handful of materials. Throughout the millennia, nature has evolved to adapt and develop highly sophisticated methods to solve problems. There are numerous examples of functional surfaces, fibrous structures, structural colours, self-healing, thermal insulation, etc., which offer important lessons for the textile products of the future. This paper provides a general overview of the potential of bioinspired
more » ... textile structures by highlighting a few specific examples of pertinent, inherently sustainable biological systems. Biomimetic research is a rapidly growing field and its true potential in the development of new and sustainable textiles can only be realized through interdisciplinary research rooted in a holistic understanding of nature.
doi:10.1098/rsif.2010.0487 pmid:21325320 pmcid:PMC3104345 fatcat:vzvakqkyerd6tpzv3wsqygpaku