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Made by Rain

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Rain is something that you just have to work with in this part of the world. Aliki van der Kruijs was inspired by the persisting presence of this weather phenomenon in the Netherlands and started wondering how the experience of rain could be captured.
As a graphic and fashion designer she combined her skills in Made by Rain, a textile collection that is actually a visual representation of weather data. With a technique she denominated pluviagraphy, she made it possible to catch the rain on textile using a film coating that is sensitive to water. The textiles are layed out, waiting for the rain to do its job. Afterwards, the prints on the textile show how much it rained, wether it was a small drizzle or a heavy rainstorm. Each piece of cloth – unique, of course – has its own tag telling you where it was printed, and how much it rained at the time.