Hydrophobic t-shirt is nearly impossible to stain

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Hydrophobic materials – that is, materials that reject water at the molecular level – are quickly making their way into the mainstream. There are nanoscale hydrophobic treatments for electronics, all-purpose sprays that can be applied to nearly anything and make them water resistant, and even dishes that don’t need to be washed. 

Yet despite how amazing and useful it would be, Hydrophobic clothing has been somewhat elusive thus far. This is mostly because applying hydrophobic coatings to solid, static surfaces is one thing, but applying them onto flexible, dynamic materials that are comfortable to wear is much more difficult.

But thanks to SF-based entrepreneur Aamir Patel, hydrophobic garments may very well be the clothing of the future. Silic, a creation he’s currently gathering funds for mass production on Kickstarter, is exactly what we’ve been waiting for: a t-shirt whose fibers are imbued with water-repelling nanoparticles.