Young Norwegian designer Kristine Bjaadal has pondered the fact that we tend to appreciate the aged, worn surfaces of wood, stone and leather, seeing character and interest in the wear and tear. Textiles, however, are considered old and unsightly as they fray, tear and unravel. Bjaadal wondered if it was possible to make a fabric that becomes more beautiful with wear, and created Underskog, which has a hidden pattern that is slowly revealed as the fabric is being used and worn.

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The fabric consists of two layers; the top layer is a homogeneous velvet, while the deeper satin layer has a floral pattern. The visibility of the pattern depends on light and viewing angle – leaving the fabric to continue changing and surprising even if all the velvet has been worn off.

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