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The ‘wow’ factor of Textile Illumination

Integrating light elements into clothing never ever fails to attract astonishment and the ‘wow’ effect when unsuspecting people come for the first time in contact with illuminated clothing. I experienced this first hand while working on illuminated textiles, a rewarding feeling for the designer. What puzzles me is why textile illumination has not been more…

The magical illumination of a Carpet

Dutch designer Dorith Sjardijn takes traditional crafts like carpet weaving and upgrades it with 21st Century technology. The ‘8-bits kleed‘ is a beautiful example on how to do that in an esthetically pleasant way by tufting EL-wires into a Persian rug, creating cracks of light along the woven pattern. The brilliance of such design is…

Photonic Textiles by Karma Chameleon

Color changing, light emitting textiles are captivating, they radiate sophistication and innovation. But to achieve a pleasant to look effect is very challenging form a technology point of view. A collaboration between Joanna Berzowska at XS Labs and Maksim Skorobogatiy at the Advanced Photonic Structures Group, both based in Canada, formed the ‘Karma Chameleon‘ to…

PLACE-it – the future of light-emitting flexible surfaces and textiles

PLACE-it, the short form for ‘Platform for Large Area Conformable Electronics by InTegration‘ is a newly formed initiative under the umbrella of the European Commission under its Seventh Framework Program. With a budget of around $15 million a consortium of leading companies and institutes in lighting and flexible electronics like Holst Centre/TNO, IMEC, Freudenberg, TU…

Textile illumination – Delight Cloth

Based on the feedback we receive on talk2myShirt and my personal experience, illuminated textiles, be it for clothing or interior design, never fails to trigger instant, highly emotionally charged reactions from everyone around when seeing textile objects suddenly light up, changing their color. I am not talking about blinking, cheaply made decals, I am referring…

LED cell carpet

One of the most extraordinary carpet designs I have seen comes from the Dutch company LAMA Concept. Called the LED Cell rug, made from pure wool felt strips with embedded LEDs that blend perfectly into the over carpet design. I give the label ‘extraordinary’ because the designers of these carpet, Yvonne Laurysen and Erik Mantel,…

Luminous textile ribbon

We got word from a Taiwanese manufacturer who has developed a textile ribbon using a new, low resistant electrically conductive yarn with LEDs mounted on a ribbon which can be cut to sizes as needed and then connected to a control and power supply unit to light up this textile string. Our source told us…

DIY – illuminated textiles

Lynne Bruning expanded her DIY eTextile portfolio on Instructables with the ‘flexible LED eTextile ribbon array‘ project showing how to create a textile illumination layer in grid form which is light weight and highly flexible, making it ideal to integrate in garments with light up effects. The basic concept is to form a array with…

GalaxyDress by CuteCircuit

Interactive clothing designer Francesca Rosella and Ryan Genz, owner of CuteCircuit and creator of the famous HugShirt aim to light up future fashion with the GalaxyDress concept design. The illuminated fabric is made by using thin, 2 x 2 mm LEDs, hand embroider them on a layer of silk with conductive yarn traces for connections….

Illuminated wrist band for runner

Nathan‘s Human Propulsion Laboratories dedicate themselves and their products for the active sport community offering gear to make cycling, running and the like more enjoyable and save. In the later category, the safety gear, Nathan offers LED Vests (which look a bit like safety gear for street worker) but more practical, functional and better looking…

Pressure activated, Illuminated Fabric

Our next prototype introduction for the ‘Smart Textile Salon‘, a jointed European workshop organized by the European projects SysTex and Proetex comes from Riccardo Marchesi, Managing Director of InnTex, an Italian based textiles and textiles machinery company which is exploring the new area of Smart Textiles. Riccardo will present the Pressure activated, Electroluminescent (EL) fabrics…