anja zachau
anja zachau
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Made of Rock

Made of Rock

 

The project „MADE OF ROCK“ is about the interesting and rarely used material basalt. 15% of our earth crust iscovered with basalt stone, which can be heated, melted and further fabricated into a variety of fibre based
materials. Apart from its cheap price in retail it is UV protective, has a high alkali and acid resistance, is non
flammable and maintains integrity at temperatures up to 600°C. So far it has mainly been used in thermoplasticand
concrete reinforcement, so our goal was to find a new and smart scope of application - using fibre reinforced
textile material.
Focusing on its extreme heat resistance we decided to make use of the thermal features to create a concept
around heat protective clothing. Protective wearables always work with sandwich layered structures. We are
exchanging the outer layer, usually the synthetic textile aramid with our natural basalt fibre fabric.
With comparable heat resistance but with added ecological and economical advantages this is where we set our
value chain intervention to create a more sustainable product. It is a deliberate decision and of high importance
to our concept to work with a natural material that has nearly unlimited resources.

In cooperation with Jakob Kukula