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Chromic materials

The term chromic materials describe a wide group of materials that radiate, lose or change colour because of an induction caused by the external stimuli. Chromic is a prefix that means colour. Determined by the stimuli affecting the chromic materials, they can be classified


  • thermochromic: external stimuli energy is heat;
  • electrochromic: external stimuli energy is electricity;
  • photochromic: external stimuli energy is light;
  • piezoceramic: external stimuli energy is pressure;
  • carsolchromic: external stimuli energy is an electron beam.

Organic materials specifically used in products having chromic properties because of the wide variety of colours due to the presence of small or large chromophoric groups (conjugated electron systems). Thermochromic materials are the most common. Two types of thermochromic system used successfully in textiles are liquid-crystal and molecular rearrangement. Thermochromic textiles are also called chameleon fibres because of their colour change as a function of ambient temperature. See structural colours in the Eco-Fashion Encyclopedia.

Vice magazine

Scentimental Space” as part of the FUSED SPACE DATABASE exhibitions in the Netherlands and London calls this notion “Re-cabling Fashion Re-cabling Space.” These guys may not have a clue how to talk to the generic human about what they’re doing, but they have figured out a way of embedding senso-cells (body sensors) into multisensory clothing and responsive environments. They say that it concentrates on a more active approach to fashion. I am pumped on the fact that instead of telling you to piss off when I wake up and realise that you’re 90% less attractive in the daylight, you can look at my all-encompassing bodysuit for the clues to get out, and it involves 0 effort on my part. Just another ingenious way scientists are putting their eight-plus-year university degrees to work: finding new ways for us to be lazy and less articulate.

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