The Curative Cloths

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The textile designs here have been generated by  the growth of different species of Streptomyces, a beguiling species of bacteria. Natural inhabitants of rich forest soils, they emit aroma molecules, and are largely responsible for the intoxicating smell of woodlands in autumn. I like to think of them as the wise old men of microbiology as they have a very complex biochemistry and produce the majority of antibiotics used in human and veterinary medicine. They are  also able to produce anti-tumour and anti-parasitic agents, herbicides, and many other bioactive compounds. As a consequence, of this, the swatches of cloth here might  have unique curative properties.  The textures of the designs are more akin to velvet (think flock wall paper) as the bacteria are filamentous in nature. In addition these bacteria are not motile so the patterns form only where they are inoculated. Another remarkable feature of these textile designs, is that they also possesses the intimate aroma of rich woodland soil.

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