Kombucha - Fermented tea & "bacterial leather" lampshades
One of the projects developed at the BioFabLab is growing a symbiotic culture of yeast and bacteria called Kombucha. It's used to ferment tea in to a sweet-sour drink, but the scopy (Symbiotic Culture Of Yeast and Bacteria) that consists of bacterial cellulose, can also be used to produce a leather-like biomaterial that can possibly be a substitute for cloth or furniture material.
The project was done by Maria Henriques de Jesus. She researched the production, drying and post-treatment of the Kombucha and turned it into this nice presentation.
Kombucha Leather lampshade presentation
(If you want to collaborate or improve the presentation contact the biofablab)
- Dry the scopy on a plastic film, as it will stick to the surface
- Instead of vinegar you can use a some of the previous culture liquid
Find other recipes from Copenhagen DIYbiospace Biologigaragen or in the book "The art of fermentation by Sandor Ellix Katz.