Fermentation in daily objects
Master project at
Berlin University of Arts
Read the research journey
in English (under construction )
The starter used to make sour milk can be dehydrated on textiles.
Wanderer is a series of textiles with different patterns inspired by the visual styles of cultures where the sour milk comes from.
By applying and drying local sour milk onto the textile, these patterns become a „storage-medium“ of the starter culture of the sour milk.
Sour milk is a naturally fermented drink with a similar flavor to yogurt.
Starter Culture & Backslopping
The cultivation method of sour milk is similar to that of sourdough bread. It is a milk product naturally fermented with a little batch of ready-made sour milk (which is called starter culture in this case) with room temperature.
During my research on fermented drinks, I collected different variations of sour milk from various regions. Each of them has its unique texture and flavor, thanks to the local bacteria and yeast.
I was particularly fascinated by the form of the „storage“ or „container“ of the cultures: cotton, handkerchiefs or even textiles. People apply sour milk on these mediums and dehydrate them, therefore the sour milk can be preserved longer.