By and  on December 20, 2018

LONDON — In search of natural fabrics, some 21st-century designers and manufacturers have moved beyond — way beyond — the obvious cotton, wool, cashmere and linen into new organic territory, including fruit orchard, dumpster and forest floor.

Recent fashion graduate Aurélie Fontan is experimenting with slime mold and kombucha for dresses, Beatrix Ong is filling her eco-friendly shoes with bamboo and charcoal, and firms in northern Italy are repurposing fruit juice and orange waste for textiles.

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