These Scarves Are Printed Using Soot From Pollution

These Scarves Are Printed Using Soot From Pollution
Design & Architecture

A designer uses ink made from car exhaust to send a message about pollution

Leo Lutero
  • 8 november 2017

Kelly Gijsen has created a collection of handwoven scarves with designs printed using ink made from car exhaust. The ink comes from Graviky Labs, a startup that uses a device to filter vehicle exhaust. The collected soot from the exhaust is then processed and turned into a beautiful deep black pigment.

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The Air Ink, as it is called, had only been used in prints and on paper. It has also been used on a billboard but never on something wearable until Gijsen’s project. Gijsen’s scarves are handmade by a family of weavers in India. True to the origins of the ink, the designer uses tire tracks and other unique methods to produce rich black patterns on the fabric.


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