• S++ : A Hybrid Textile for Healthcare and Well-Being Contexts

Toomey, Anne, Cassim, J and McNair, J, 2017, Conference or Workshop, S++ : A Hybrid Textile for Healthcare and Well-Being Contexts at Intersections: A conference exploring collaborations in textile design research, Loughborough University London, 13th September 2017.

Abstract or Description:

This paper presents a collaborative, design-led research project between KYOTO Design Lab (DLab),t he Department of Advanced Fibro Science, Kyoto Institute of Technology (KIT) and the Royal College of Art’s Textiles Programme (RCA). The project involved an initial one-week workshop, followed by a 6-month design research associateship at KIT’s D-Lab – an innovation incubator delivered through practical design methodologies and interdisciplinary collaboration. The focus of this project was to investigate the possibility of re-engineering chirimen, a traditional ‘intelligent’ silk crepe fabric being woven in the Tango Peninsula, in northern Kyoto Prefecture. Varying the weave structure itself and introducing PTT, a thermoplastic polymer, enabled the creation of a hybrid textile of silk which is hydrophilic and Polytrimethylene terephthalate (PTT) which is hydrophobic. This hybrid textiles structure offers new product applications for chirimen silk in healthcare contexts against a background of industry decline and shrinking markets for this highly sophisticated textile.

Official URL: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/aed/staff-resea...
Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies > W230 Clothing/Fashion Design > W231 Textile Design
School or Centre: School of Design
Copyright Holders: Toomey, A. Cassim, J. McNair, J.
Funders: Acknowledgements The authors would like to extend thanks to Kyoto Institute of Technology’s KYOTO Design-Lab and to Ichiro Izawa and the Kyoto Prefectural Centre for Northern Industry in the Tango Peninsula.
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2017 12:48
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2019 15:10
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/2980
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