Senior Honors Theses

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College of Arts and Sciences


Family and Consumer Sciences


Acetobacter xylinum, alternative textile, bacterial cellulose, fashion, Komagateibacter xylinus, sustainability


Bacteriology | Fashion Design | Fiber, Textile, and Weaving Arts | Interdisciplinary Arts and Media | Microbiology


Bacterial cellulose is a leather-like material produced during the production of Kombucha as a pellicle of bacterial cellulose (SCOBY) using Kombucha SCOBY, water, sugar, and green tea. Through an examination of the bacteria that produces the cellulose pellicle of the interface of the media and the air, currently named Komagataeibacter xylinus, an investigation of the growing process of bacterial cellulose and its uses, an analysis of bacterial cellulose’s properties, and a discussion of its prospects, one can fully grasp bacterial cellulose’s potential in becoming a catalyst for sustainable fashion. By laying the groundwork for further research to be conducted in bacterial cellulose’s applications as a textile, further commercialization of bacterial cellulose may become a practical reality.