Katie Michaelson
The Daily Cuppa
Published in
Jun 15, 2024

Do you know what sequins are?

Photo by Cee Ayes on Unsplash

They are tiny shiny round synthetic ornaments embroidered on fabric.

Not anymore!

I learned about the new kind in Jee Young Park’s article In Defense of The Met Gala.

…designers use dead stock, or unsellable material and biodegradable alternatives: Torishéju Dumi’s “Mami Wata” ensemble repurposes dead-stock cotton jersey, and Stella McCartney’s “BioSequin” dress is made of white dead-stock silk tulle embroidered with iridescent, carbon negative, cellulose sequins derived from algae. (Typical plastic sequins are made of toxic dyes and nonbiodegradable coatings.)

derived from algae

What could I use them for? I could add them to the sleeves and neckline of my gardening tops or the designs of tote bags.

It’s fascinating what the fashion folks are coming up with.

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Katie Michaelson
The Daily Cuppa

I've lived! Retired therapist, fosrter and adoption specialist, and researcher. Farmer, gardener for 55 years, crafter, storyteller, tutor, and mentor.