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Innovative Materials: Is it possible to wear the weather?

Made by Rain scarf collection Eclectic Trends

Rainfall is not just a weather phenomenon; it has the power to shape our daily lives and leave lasting impressions on cultures around the world. In the Netherlands, a country known for its struggle with the elements, rain holds a special place in the hearts of its inhabitants.

 

 

But what if you could capture the rainfall experience and wear it as a tangible reminder? 

 

 

Enter Made by Rain by Dutch artist Aliki van der Kruijs, an innovative project that explores the intersection of weather and fashion through a unique technique called pluviagraphy.

Made by Rain scarf collection Eclectic Trends

Let’s take a closer look at the inspiration behind Made by Rain and how the project came to be. The artist Aliki van der Kruijs was captivated by the idea of translating the essence of rainfall onto textiles, allowing individuals to literally “wear the weather.” The Dutch culture, deeply intertwined with the omnipresent rains, served as a catalyst for this exploration. 

Made by Rain scarf collection Eclectic Trends

The Process 

Pluviagraphy involves the use of a film coating that is sensitive to water, enabling the recording of rain precipitation on textiles. This groundbreaking method transforms a simple textile into a visual representation of a drizzly day or even a monsoon. Each textile captures the actual precipitation data, including location, time, and weather conditions, making it a living record of a specific day in history.

Made by Rain pluviagraphy process Eclectic Trends

The Collections

Made by Rain’s exquisite scarf collection showcases the beauty of rain imprinted on 100% silk textiles. The scarves feature distinct locations such as Amsterdam, The Hague, New York, and Arita, allowing wearers to carry the essence of these places with them. Each scarf is meticulously crafted and accompanied by a handmade notation detailing the specific location, date, time interval, millimeters of rain, and weather circumstances during the pluviagraphy process. 

Made by Rain scarf collection Eclectic Trends

Made by Rain scarf collection Eclectic Trends

Made by Rain goes beyond artistry and becomes a potent tool for raising awareness about climate change. Through their documentation and book, Made by Rain provides valuable insights into this urgent issue while celebrating the aesthetic appeal of their textile rain imprints. Experience the beauty and impact of Made by Rain as they bring climate change to the forefront of our consciousness.

Made by Rain book Eclectic Trends

Watch the fascinating video on Made By Rain’s process here.

Photography Pim Leenen, Lonneke van der Palen, Femke HoekstraAliki van der Kruijs

 


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One Response

  1. Made by Rain is a truly innovative and captivating project that beautifully intertwines weather and fashion, capturing rain on textiles, allows people to wear the weather and embrace Dutch culture’s connection to rainfall, make them unique keepsakes. Beyond aesthetics, This project beautifully brings climate change to our consciousness while celebrating the beauty and impact of rain on our daily lives.

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