Intersection of textile tradition and technological innovation

Textales is a project in the intersection of textile tradition and technological innovation. With the Textales the storytelling through traditional textile and augmented reality fairy tale application is explored. Digital properties extend the textile capabilities and allow the long-lasting textile to change in time to remain interesting for the users. The developed stories demonstrate the possibilities of such storytelling. Textales is rooted in the research about craft values and sustainability. The aim for connecting digital dynamic properties with high quality textile is to extend the longevity of textile products through changing the idea of what textiles can do. Textales shows interactive 3D objects appearing on a woven textile. Scanning the cloth with the application will allow the user to see the flowers rooted in the fabric. By moving or manipulating the surface, the appearing objects move along. 

Smart Textile Services

Designing and Selling 'Soft Product' - 'Valuable Service' systems (Smart Textile Services) was about the development of successful methods, platforms, guiding principles and the business models required to understand the multi-disciplinary opportunities and challenges of creating Smart Textile Product Service Systems.

Innovation in the form of the combination of soft materials with high technology has led to the development of so-called Smart Textiles. These are of strategic importance for the European textile industry to sustain their competitive edge and to counter threats from low-labour cost producers.

Smart Textiles can conduct light, heat or currents; i.e. the textile becomes an interactive product and can now become part of larger product service systems (PSS). This opens up a vast field of opportunities for textile developers and product and service designers to combine their disciplines in the application areas of welbeing and life style.

To develop these complex PSS solutions, manufacturers need to move away from their current fragmented, slow or non-existent knowledge exchange methods and team up with relevant partners. Initial investment in this field has led to the design and development of an inspirational test-bed, called ‘Wearable Senses’ at TU/e.

Teams from 3 universities and Industry partners were working together to answer the questions:

(1) How can the application of user-centred design methods discover, exchange and combine the theoretical principles, strong traditions and best practices within the domain of textile, interactive product and service design?

(2) What are the methods and criteria for the different stakeholders to pass the transitions from the Incubation, Nursery and Adoption phases?

(3) How can the creative industry illicit awareness about the opportunities and challenges of Smart Textile PSS through co-creation and the use of inspirational Test-beds?


Scientific partners: Eindhoven University of Technology, Delft University of Technology, the Design Academy Eindhoven and Saxion University of Applied Sciences;

Industry and Societal partners: Audax Textiel Museum, V2_, Waag Society, Modint, Contact Groep Textiel, Unit040 Ontwerp, Metatronics en De Wever



Related Publications

K.Kuusk, “Crafting sustainable smart textile services”, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands. 

K. Kuusk, S. A. G. Wensveen, O. Tomico, “Craft Qualities Translated From Traditional Crafts to Smart Textile Services” in Studies in Material Thinking, 2016, Vol 14. 

K. Kuusk, S. A. G. Wensveen, O. Tomico, “Crafting Qualities in Designing QR-coded Embroidery and Bedtime Stories,” in Proceedings of the Art of Research V conference, 26-27 November 2014, Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki, Finland. 

K. Kuusk, O. Tomico and G. R. Langereis, “Bedtime Stories: Weaving Traditions into Digital Technologies” in Proceedings of the Nordic Design Research Conference (NORDES2013), 9-12 June 2013, Copenhagen, Denmark.