Aralac: The "wool" made from milk


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  1. CyberIstari says:

    I know there is at least one yarn for knitting with a milk-based fiber included with the wool, but I don’t know that it’s trying to mimic wool as such. (I haven’t used it myself, though I’ve used some interesting fibers. ;))

  2. peterkvt80 says:

    A nearby factory produced “Erinoid” plastics which were casein based. The colours were really amazing when you compare them to modern petro-chemical plastics. The factory closed in 1980 even though it was still profitable. So why did it close? It was acquired by British Petroleum who shut the factory down, presumably to kill off the competition.

  3. I believe Uniqlo’s Heattech clothing incorporate “milk protein” in some way.  So you can still cloak yourself with a byproduct of lactation.

    • JtsW says:

      As a Uniqlo employee and someone who is currently wearing a Heattech shirt, I sadly have to dispute this assertion. Heattech is made of 40% acrylic, 6% elastane (spandex), 21% viscose (rayon), and 33% polyester. (Aside: Yes, I know that off the top of my head. Uniqlo training is a batshit crazy experience. It’s basically a six-week cult indoctrination featuring cute illustrations and funny “Engrish”.)  I might be wrong, but I do not know of a manufacturing process for any of these synthetics that uses milk proteins. Rayon is made from wood pulp which is pretty cool. But, sadly, I’m not wearing a milk shirt. 

      • sarahnocal says:

         Thank you for this. Another myth dispelled by 1st person fact.
        . Is Marshall McCluhan nearby?

        • JtsW says:

          Well, there you go. I am a gentleman who works in the men’s department, hence my ignorance of the women’s Heattech line. So, @twitter-95328997:disqus is correct in the case of women’s Heattech. I’ve actually wondered why the women’s line is a bit softer than the men’s, and now I know. It’s because they have cheese clothes. 

          Edit: Also, as an aside, Heattech is really awesome. It’s quite good for layering or sleeping in. (Not a shill for Uniqlo, the capacity in which I work for the company does not grant me any benefits from sales. I just honestly dig the line. ((But, to be fair, I pay a substantially discounted price for anything I buy, so keep that in mind when considering the validity of my endorsement.)))

        • Tribune says:

          So only women get to wear the special milk cloth…

          • Antinous / Moderator says:

            Thou shalt not garb a calf in his own mother’s milk cloth.

          • Shatnez

            “Neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woolen come upon thee.”
            – Leviticus 19:19
            – Deuteronomy 22:11

            Probably derived from common law at the time of writing which forbade looking like a Canaanite which was:

            “the heathen priests adorned themselves with garments containing vegetable and animal materials, while they held in their hand a seal of mineral. This you will find written in their books”
            – Levicitcus 20:23

            Soooooo… if you’re a terribly religious person in a cloth store: you’re gonna have a bad time.

            P.S. What’s it with religion and their dissing of other religions? I mean I get dissing religion if you’re an atheist. But dissing a religion if you’re a religion? Sounds like walking on terribly thin thin ice.

          • cdh1971 says:

            Cheeseburgers are a ‘sin’ I indulge in – no shame, maybe a little guilt. 

            If cheesburgers are wrong, I don’t want to be right. 

            Supposedly, in paradise, cheeseburgers will not be a sin. 

            I say ‘why wait’? 

            Even if I do eat cheeseburgers — heaven, or if, you know, you’re not into the whole brevity thing, candy-land, happy-piggy-land, pure-land…gates will not be closed.

            Actually, me and mine don’t believe in heaven anyway. Purgatory, at least in the abstract sense – yeah, sure.

            forgot to say…pic is of some of the me-and-mine trembling b4 G-d

          • Crashproof says:

            Because wearing soft fabric is a threat to masculinity, somehow.  Real men only wear a wool/fiberglass blend.

          • cdh1971 says:

            Real men wear whatever they want!

            (Females are forbidden to wear anything in public – or Accumulate Profit.)

  4. allium says:

    Instead of string cheese, cheese string.

  5. Blake says:

    The cow seems happy enough but I don’t trust the look of that tree.

  6. Maggie, there’s a great Pathé news real from 1937 announcing the invention of milk wool in Italy:

    The good stuff starts at around 2:25.

    Apparently, Mussolini was counting on this as an option for clothing production for the axis powers, but it could never compete with the insulation properties of real wool — maybe a micro-structure thing from the extrusion of the protein. I know that wool has little scales on the fibers which help it to felt, and to fluff up, and presumably, fibers extruded from smooth nozzles would not have any interesting surface character.

  7. jaddle says:

    Casein is also used to make fake tortoiseshell and ivory for, among other things, harpsichord key covers.

  8. Erin Curry says:

    I handspin different fibers and have tried as many fibers as I could get my hands on including milk fiber. It is silky in hand and shiny as well, though I found it a bit squeaky in the way rayon is. Here’s a data sheet on the stuff.

    You can purchase your own here . . .

  9. EeyoreX says:

    Speaking of lactation-based fabrics, remember the genetically altered creepy “spider goats” wich were gonna produce liquid kevlar from their udders:

    Funny how that didn’t seem to go anywhere either.

    • Crashproof says:

      The book “The Gecko’s Foot” has a chapter on spider silk, and how every attempt so far has been a failure (but there’s still hope that maybe someday somebody will figure out how to make the stuff).  The goats were one of the more high-profile and expensive failures.

  10. Henry Pootel says:

    It’s like no shirt I’ve ever tasted.

  11. moosestudiospottery says:

    Casein was also used to make Clear “Glass” for WWII fighter cockpits and the glass fronts for ball turrets, (think Plexiglass” type material

  12. A couple notes.

    1) QMilch is pronounced the same way as Kuhmilch which is Cowmilk (yes a very creative company name, throw a Q and things will be fine)

    2) The QMilch homepage features a scantily clad model laying on white stuff, cloth in white gowns holding a crystal decanter filled with milk. It’s got me confused the heck. It’s more wtf worthy than the original ad :) 

  13. Beanolini says:

    You can extract casein in your own kitchen, it’s a great experiment for kids.

  14. howaboutthisdangit says:

    The ad doesn’t show the dozens of confused, hungry cats following those guys around.

  15. LikesTurtles says:

    Main thing I notice is that the gentlemen in the ad are wearing their pants a bit above the waist instead of down around the hips. Which makes me wonder if grandpas do this because they’re merely out of touch with current fashion trends rather than it being something that is caused by the aging process.  Are we going to have in the future old men running around with their underwear showing as their pants hang off half way between the hips and the knee?

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