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Clothing, One of The Oldest Technologies Answered

I was reading an article here http://blogs.howstuffworks.com/2011/03/23/funny-and-fascinating-the-importance-of-the-washing-machine/ and it points out that clothing is one of the oldest technologies that is still in use today. Marshall asks a great question, "What will replace clothing made of textiles?" Instructables has done a lot of work on modernizing clothing and I was thinking what treatment would the community here give that question? I think it would be a great competition!

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Tool Using Animal (author)2011-03-26

"What will replace clothing made of textiles?"

Nudity, hopefully.

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. Don't you think that if God had meant for us to run around nekkid, we would all have been born with no clothes?

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but you didn't count on the recessive fur gene, take stock in the As-Seen-On-TV Manscaper Tool company now.

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A doctor, who knew my wife and I quite well, once commented "If you two ever have kids, they'll look like teddy bears."

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Not if you cook them long enough.

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Ah, but you have to be excessively fecund if you don't want to starve...

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EmmettO (author)caitlinsdad2011-03-26

Hmmm. . . not easily a do it yourself project but definitely thinking outside the box!

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lemonie (author)2011-03-26

Textiles are a flexible materials mate of natural or synthetic fibres, woven / interconnected in some way.
So, leather , rubber and PVC are not textiles - have you any other ideas?

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EmmettO (author)lemonie2011-03-26

Well part of the article's thought was something easier to clean, or something that didn't have to be cleaned. I know that people have tried disposable clothing before. Self cleaning clothing might be a bit out of our reach right now.

The trick with rubber and PVC would be to make them comfortable to wear.

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lemonie (author)EmmettO2011-03-27

The point was that "textiles" will not necessarily be replaced, as they are constantly developing as an area of technology.

I don't think the question was best-worded, "What will replace clothing made of today's textiles?" would be better perhaps.



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EmmettO (author)lemonie2011-03-27

I don't think textiles WILL (or have to be) be replaced but there may be someone out there that has a wonderful idea. Being asked that question, someone may suddenly apply some random bit of knowledge that they know to it and suddenly have an answer that works.

It's not something that MUST happen, but something that might. The DIY community has ingenuity and whimsy and as we've seen before that is sometimes enough to point the way of where to go.

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lemonie (author)EmmettO2011-03-27


No clothes?
Just get a spray-on suit, peel it off at the end of the day with dirt and (unwanted) hair and dead-skin.
>No need to wash
>No dead-skin in your house-dust, bed-grime
>winter / summer grades
etc.
?

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EmmettO (author)lemonie2011-03-27

Now the challenge is to make it! I wonder if there are any off the shelf materials that could work and not be horribly horribly toxic.

Actually there was a guy that was making spray on clothing that was paper like. I'll see if I can find that video.

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EmmettO (author)Kiteman2011-03-27

Yeah thats it, hmm, doesn't cover much, does it?

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Kiteman (author)EmmettO2011-03-28

It covers everything.

Very snugly.

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Lithium Rain (author)Kiteman2011-03-29

This is why it isn't a normal clothes killer...I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea, and I REALLY hope it comes to market so I can buy some, but what about situations in which a catwoman-fitted outfit is not appropriate? :(

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caitlinsdad (author)Lithium Rain2011-03-29

Nacho would ask, "Name one."

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EmmettO (author)Lithium Rain2011-03-30

Ah, but remember that this video is for publicity. did you notice he was spraying it on a form first? There's very little reason to spray directly on a person. Small Medium and Large (okay and XXL) is all you need.

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Kiteman (author)EmmettO2011-03-30

He sprayed it on the form because you can show the front without fear of censorship...

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RedneckEngineer (author)Kiteman2011-03-29

Well looks like I found a new use for Silly String!

I wonder though how strong this stuff is compaired to regular cotton shirts. At around :44 sec in the video look at the armpit area on the girl. It looksto be coming apart.

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The guy spraying wasn't focusing there and wasn't paying attention.

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How could he? I know I wouldn't.

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Kiteman (author)RedneckEngineer2011-03-30

Armpit??

Who watches her armpit???

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RedneckEngineer (author)Kiteman2011-03-30

Well I did watch it quite a few times before I noticed. I was really studying the ... way it ....uuhh... stuck to the skin. Yea that's it, honest.

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EmmettO (author)RedneckEngineer2011-03-29

Maybe they just missed or misapplied the material in that spot? They said the material could be washed and re-worn so it has to be somewhat tough. The neck looks like it was trimmed at some point which they don't show.

My thought for this technology has two parts. One low cost concert or event t-shirts that are intended just for that day and maybe if you took care of it, a few more wears. Then on the other end of the spectrum, seamless custom fit garments.

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craftyv (author)2011-03-26