Huissoud created a new material out of silkworm cocoons and the bio resin called “Wooden Leather”. The silkworm cocoon is composed by a thread of raw silk from 300 to 1000 meters, which represents hundreds of layers of fibers. The cocoon can be cut in two parts and the fibers can be extracted one by one. The fibers contain natural glue called Sericin, it is a resinous substance that links the silk fibers together in the raw stage of the sericulture.Spraying water and heating the fibers can activate this natural glue. The outcome of this process is the creation of a strong paper. To give strength to the material and change its natural state, a varnish with the propolis is applied it on top of the paper. The result is a wooden leathered material.
The wooden aspect of the material comes from the numerous fibers combined together in the silkworm’s paper. This new material can be used for different applications such as furniture design, fashion design and surface design
The Silk cabinet is an object that demonstrates the strength of the wooden leather created from the combination of this palette of materials. It is composed using an accumulation of rectangles that remind us of the mini aspect of elements that work together as a community in the insect world.
The Leather Light represents a lecture of all the layers of fibers combined together to create the paper. It is a statement of the craft possibilities of the material.