Design accessories from marble-based fabric’s scraps


MARM \ MORE is a coating for the textile industry, which combines technical performances and aesthetic characteristics thanks to the presence of real marble powder, repurposing the by-products produced from marble extraction to product creation. The resulting MARM \ MORE fabrics are a response to the needs of the market that requires materials with high performance and a more responsible impact. It can be applied in different produces for fashion, interior, and footwear.

However, a real challenge is how to use scraps from cutting garments (pieces of different sizes and dimensions, even 10×10 cm) to design and produce accessories (such as bags, cases, caps and so on) to be sold on Fili Pari’s website and therefore in line with Fili Pari’s philosophy and target, bearing in mind the technical and aesthetic characteristics of the MARM \ MORE material.

We ask students to develop a unisex accessory made with MARM \ MORE meeting the needs of a target group identified by the students.

MARM \ MORE material characteristics and qualities:

  • waterproof, windproof, abrasion resistant, lightweight
  • natural colours and aesthetic effects
  • the material is proposed coupled with recycled nylon / cotton / linen / microfibre

For more information about the material:

Keywords: sustainability, waste materials, reuse, advanced textiles


The hackathon is free. To attend the hackathon, you must be a student of one of the participating institutions (University of Borås, Sweden; Politecnico di Milano, School of Design, Italy; Design School Kolding, Denmark; LCI Barcelona – Escuela Superior de Diseño y Moda, Spain), enrolled at the time of the Hackathon. The Hackathon is entirely virtual, you would need only to connect from your laptop or computer with a stable internet connection. You can work remotely from your home. To develop and present the design solution you would need the design software you already use. You will work with a team of four students. Participants will be grouped by the Hackathon staff.


  • Applications were open until 14th April 2021. Available places are limited: for this Hackathon, only 20 students will be selected, 5 from each participating institution (University of Borås, Sweden; Politecnico di Milano, School of Design, Italy; Design School Kolding, Denmark; LCI Barcelona – Escuela Superior de Diseño y Moda, Spain).
  • Selected participants will be announced on 16th April 2021. The participants will be grouped into five international and multi-background teams.
  • The virtual hackathon will take place from 22nd April 2021 – 11 AM to 23rd April 2021 – 2.30 PM. The five teams will be competing in the challenge and working remotely to develop and deliver a solution within 24 hours.
  • Evaluation. At the end of the Hackathon, the submitted solutions will be evaluated by a committee of experts to select the winner group.
  • Prize. The winner will have the possibility to participate in a 1-week Summer School in Milan in June 2021 for free.


Fili Pari, Srl
Fili Pari is the innovative Start Up focused on research and development of unconventional materials for the textile industry, respecting the territory and the environment. The Start Up is a specialist in the development of cutting-edge technologies for the enhancement of marble powders. Fili Pari aims to contribute to protect the land and valleys from the mountain’s dismemberment and encourage the use of by-products as a raw material. The project was born among the university desks of the Politecnico di Milano with the aim of telling new stories and atmospheres with an innovative and emotional flavor, introducing Italian research, design and creativity. Fili Pari term represents the anagram of Fripi and Ali, the two founders: an immediate reference to the thread, to the textile world, to the overall vision that characterizes the company.


Francesca Pievani
co-founder Fili Pari

Razieh Hashemi Sanatgar
PhD, Researcher in Textile Materials Technology at Department of Textile Technology – University of Borås

Karen Marie Hasling
PhD, Associate Professor at Design for Planet – Lab for Sustainability an Design – Design School Kolding

Venere Ferraro
PhD, Assistant Professor at Politecnico di Milano, Design Department

Estel Vilaseca
Head of Fashion of LCI Barcelona

Marta Casadesús
PhD in Textile Engineering, Project Manager at AEI Tèxtils

Tia Bilali
Project Manager at CRE.THI.DEV (Creative Thinking Development)

Daniela Amandolese
Research – EU Projects at Materially

Veronica Guagliumi
Project Manager at CIAPE (Italian Center for Lifelong Learning)