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Bacterial cellulose: characterization of a biomaterial for apparel products application

Andréa Fernanda De Santana Costa (Federal Rural University of Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil)
Maria Alice Vasconcelos Rocha (Federal Rural University of Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil)
Laura Maria Abdon Fenrnandes (Federal Rural University of Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil)
Julia Atroch Queiroz (Federal Rural University of Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil)
Ana Carolina Monteiro Gonçalves Agra (Federal Rural University of Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil)
Julia Didier Pedrosa Amorim (Federal Rural University of Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil)
Leonie Asfora Sarubbo (Universidade Católica de Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil)
Leonie Asfora Sarubbo (Instituto Avançado de Tecnologia e Inovação, Recife, Brazil)

Research Journal of Textile and Apparel

ISSN: 1560-6074

Article publication date: 20 October 2021

Issue publication date: 28 November 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to evaluate two bacterial cellulose (BC) films as an alternative textile surface suitable for use in the manufacture of clothing prototypes.

Design/methodology/approach

A combination of experiments for the production and characterization of BC films with traditional techniques for sewing fabrics was carried out. BC films were produced from the bacterum Gluconacetobacter hansenii UCP1619 and from Kombucha, a consortium of microorganisms grown on sugared tea. The BC films were then purified, characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and evaluated for mechanical strength. Two clothing prototypes were developed by combining BC films with a flat fabric composed of 70% linen and 30% polyester to assess the viability of the garment for future clothing making using biomaterials.

Findings

The results showed that the combination of flat fabric with BC-based biomaterials is a viable alternative for the innovative use of BC films in the manufacture of apparel products, especially after optimizing the mechanical properties of the artefact.

Originality/value

BC application studies in the textile industry are still in their early stages, although they are attracting more and more the attention of researchers around the world. The experiments carried out in this research provide new information on the handling and application of this material in innovative products for the textile industry.

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Acknowledgements

The authors are grateful to the laboratories of Universidade Federal de Pernambuco/Centro Acadêmico do Agreste (Federal University of Pernambuco/Agreste Academic Centre), Universidade Católica de Pernambuco (Catholic University of Pernambuco) and Instituto Avançado de Tecnologia e Inovação (Advanced Institute of Technology and Innovation), Brazil.

Citation

Costa, A.F.D.S., Rocha, M.A.V., Fenrnandes, L.M.A., Queiroz, J.A., Agra, A.C.M.G., Amorim, J.D.P., Sarubbo, L.A. and Sarubbo, L.A. (2022), "Bacterial cellulose: characterization of a biomaterial for apparel products application", Research Journal of Textile and Apparel, Vol. 26 No. 4, pp. 532-545. https://doi.org/10.1108/RJTA-04-2021-0048

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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