Borre Akkersdijk Uses Mattress-Knitting Machine to Create Quilted Couture

by , 12/29/11   filed under: Eco-Textiles, Featured, Green Designers

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Akkersdik’s creations are hardly your run-of-the mill hand-knit tchotchkes. The collection drew critical praise when it debuted at Paris Fashion Week this past October.

By mixing yarns, Akkersdijk discovered he could create just about any color imaginable. “It was like mixing paint,” he tells us.

Working with Innofa, a textile factory in the Netherlands, Akkersdik outfitted an industrial-strength circular knitting machine with organic cotton “outer” yarns and a synthetic filler that expands when it’s steamed. The result is bolts of readymade fabric that contain padded pattern components with clean, finished edges.

By mixing yarns, the designer discovered he could create just about any color imaginable. “It was like mixing paint,” he tells Ecouterre. “To create this, we had to stop the machine and change the yarns every few seconds.”

To explain the provenance of his collection, Akkersdijk shot a stop-motion video that details the steps it took to create it. “The production process is just as important as the final piece which is why I wanted to show the production process for the First Cycle,” he says. “It’s not that I want to teach the world something, I want to show them something that I find beautiful.”

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