Is it possible to depict the weather with textiles? This question is answered by Dutch designer Aliki van der Kruijs with her project “Made by Rain”: With the help of a specially developed technique she creates textiles that visualise rain.

Van der Kruijs’ fascination with the weather and rain has a very personal point of departure: her grandfather noted daily weather records in a calendar. The Dutch designer from The Hague chooses a creative, more visual path than her forefather and depicts weather on textiles. She does this thanks to her specially developed technique of “pluviagraphy”: the reaction of a water-sensitive coating to rain causes ‘photographic’ depictions of the precipitation on silk scarves. “Painting with rain” is how van der Kruijs describes this process that allows her to create individual one-off designs.

Amsterdam, The Hague, New York: The silk scarves record the quantity of precipitation at a specific location – from a drizzly day to a monsoon – and visualise a collection of weather data. As such, the designer wants these handmade silk scarves to be understood as documents, as part of a rain atlas that she assembles in her continuing project. For this she notes on each scarf precise precipitation data: place, time, rainfall in millimetres and weather conditions.

The aim of this project is to record the beauty of the rain. At the same time, with “Made by Rain” van der Kruijs also wishes to document the increase in rain intensity and with her fashion she aims to contribute to greater environmental awareness.

Photo: Femke Hoekstra