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We invite costume professionals from film, TV and stage productions to become part of our 3-month product study. You can be an active part of bringing this new, sustainable water-repellent system to the market by using Skitter and sharing your experiences and suggestions with us. 

 

The Skitter Project introduces a natural and non-toxic water-repellent agent for plant-based textiles and blends based on water-based nanobiotechnology developed by Dr. Nina Forsman at Aalto University. The aim of this product study is to further develop this non-toxic textile coating system with industry.
 

What is Skitter?

The active ingredients in the two-part system of Skitter are derived from the leaves of the carnauba palm tree and the potato-based biodegradable polymer cationic starch. Skitter is designed to make plant-based textiles  water-repellent yet preserving the breathability. Plant-based textiles include  cotton, linen, hemp, viscose, modal, rayon, and lyocell, and Skitter can also be used on blends thereof. You can also try it on silk. Tests in the lab showed that the coating agent repels water for several hours. Skitter is non-sticky, scent-free and hypoallergenic and lab tests showed that pigments can be mixed in the solution to colour the coatings.

Product Summary

  • No Fluorocarbons or harmful solvents

  • Easy to use water-based two-part system that can be applied by dipping, spraying and brushing

  • Repels water for several hours (3+)

  • Repels water on plant-based textiles and blends, including  cotton, linen, hemp, viscose, modal, rayon and lyocell.