Milk and sleep are the only things I’m able to think about these days, so it’s kind of funny that this story on milk fabric has popped up (via Spoonflower on Twitter). With the rising cost of cotton and the growing interest in more environmentally friendly textiles, maybe milk fabric will catch on. Well, the video and related news stories claim that milk fabric is environmentally friendly, but doesn’t go into specifics, so I’m not sure how accurate that is.
Moskaluk on Twitter pointed out that milk fiber is nothing new, and it’s true — a fabric called Aralac became popular around WWII because of the shortage of natural fibers. The late textile historian Joan Kiplinger wrote an article mentioning Aralac here* that says “when damp, this fabric smelled like sour milk, causing many consumer complaints!” Maybe the process developed by Ms. Domaske solves that problem.
Lo and behold, one of my vintage catalogs (spring/summer 1947) offers Aralac and Rayon/Aralac blends:
*Fabrics.net was recently redesigned and it looks like the formatting of the original articles was lost — try to look past the word salad because Joan’s columns are great.