Raw Color’s Temperature Textiles highlights the imminent danger of climate change in a fun yet intriguing collection of knits.
The Dutch design company called Raw Color recently launched a collection called Temperature Textiles. It is a series of knit collections ranging from knitted blankets, scarves to socks. What is special about this capsule is that these knitwears are full with infographics about either temperate change, sea-level rise or greenhouse gas emissions.
Yes, Raw Color wanted to create pieces that speak against climate change. And, what is the better option than having all the data speak for you? All pieces inside Raw Color’s Temperature Textiles are full with “visualized” data of every essential fact of climate change.
“It also has a graphic nature because data is represented by graphs, lines and colors,” Raw Color co-founder Christoph Brach. “Therefore they are an ideal source of ingredients to transform into graphic patterns on textile.”
Brach also believed that these data pieces will stay with the wearer for a long time. The difference is, when you see charts on a screen, you only see temporarily. On the other hand, climate change data on fabrics will stay with you for a long time. Thus, Brach believes this will ignite the spirit of fighting climate change even more.
“Also, it is an object we can interact with,” he continued. “A blanket can keep us warm and it can actively help to turn down the heating.”
“And it is larger than a human when the data is displayed on the blanket, so it has more impact compared to a smaller screen display.”
In the process of making this collection, Raw Color is taking advice from the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute. They collaborated on selecting the best data and the right way to show it. They also collaborated with TextielLab, the workshop of The Netherlands’ TextielMuseum. With them, Raw Color consulted the design of the blankets, scarves and socks.
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