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Fibre Systems Research – Fibreshed Melbourne


Our research investigates potential crops and emerging environmentally beneficial techniques and their impact on our local context. Each program explores a recognised opportunity to build a more resilient, cradle-to-cradle textile system.


Valued for the blue dye it produces, indigo has been cultivated for thousands of years. Australia has a native indigo (Indigofera Australis) which has unexplored potential as a land management crop and local dye industry resource. Our research is centred around analysing the appropriate position Indigofera Australis might take within an integrated agricultural & dye system.


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Climate Beneficial Textiles

Carbon positive textiles can be produced with a combination of local carbon farming, local solar powered mills and the support of invested consumers. Carbon farming is a land management technique that enhances the draw-down of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and into the soil. Fibreshed Melbourne has gathered interested farmers, research partners and existing solar powered mills and is seeking funding to trial the program in Australia. We will communicate this work to manufacturers, designers and end users to strengthen relationships, broaden cross sectoral understanding and encourage further change.

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Plant Based Fibres

Historical success with linen crops, recent changes to legislation encouraging hemp cultivation and deep interest from consumers suggests strong potential for bast fibres in our textile system. Fibreshed Melbourne are seeking partners to research the potential of hemp, linen and native grasses to broaden the fibre types available in our fibre ecosystem.

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