This sport focussed textile coating can provide it’s wearer with information on their sweat composition. As the wearer sweats, the applied pattern will change of color, communicating wether or not the wearer’s sweat is well hydrated or not


    project details

    SOAK is a sweat sensitive textile coating that informs the wearer about hydration levels. It's a spray-on coating, which can be applied to textile or garments that are worn while working out. In reaction to the components of the wearer’s sweat, the coating colors represent the hydration levels of the wearer.

    The coating will show reaction between 5 to 15 minutes after the start of someone’s workout and remains active, changing color if the values of the micro-fluids change.

    The goal of the development of this coating is to offer counter balance to all smart textiles that are being introduced in fashion and sports, taking use of hardware. These textile innovations surpass the natural communication of the body.

    Naturally our body communicates information about our health through our senses. We get sunburn after sitting in the sun too long, or a rash if we are allergic; start coughing when we are sick. I wanted to create a body-informative smart textile that communicates in a similar manner and takes a similar approach by mimicking the sensitive way our bodies can interact.

    Made in collaboration with Droog Design
    Project management by Design Innovation Group (D.I.G)
    Made with the support of THEWA innovations, NCV & Annebeth Kroeskop
    Launched during Meeting of the Minds Symposium

    Design: Paulien Routs

    R&D: Paulien Routs, THEWA innovations, Droog Design

    Photography: Paulien Routs