Gallery: Asha Headscarves Promise Therapeutic Relief for Chemotherapy Pati...

Asha, wearable technology, design for health, cancer, micro-encapsulated textiles, smart textiles, smart fabrics, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style, Murray Hogarth, Heriot-Watt University, Scotland,

A Scottish textile company has developed a range of luxury headscarves designed to help cancer patients cope with the debilitating effects of chemotherapy. More than a way to conceal hair loss, Murray Hogarth’s “Asha” range features “micro-encapsulated” fabrics said to confer therapeutic benefits such as aromatherapy, ultraviolet protection, and thermoregulation. Created in tandem with Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University’s School of Textiles and Design, the silk turbans come in several finishes to suit different needs. The aromatherapy finish, for instance, incorporates tiny hard-shell capsules filled with scented oils such as aloe vera or lavender. Wearing the garment creates friction, which pops the capsules and releases a subtle fragrance.

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