Cecilia Raspanti

Cecilia RaspantiLead TextileLab

Cecilia Raspanti is co-founder and lab lead of Waag's TextileLab Amsterdam. She is a creative researcher in fashion and textiles, and a digital fabrication expert. With the TextileLab, she leads the creative research and technological development of new concepts and alternatives for the textile and clothing industry.

Cecilia is co-founder, developer and teacher of the educational worldwide distributed programme Fabricademy: Textile and Technology Academy. She studied fashion design and knitwear at the Polimoda Fashion Institute in Florence.

Experienced in fashion, knitwear and textiles production, Cecilia focuses on translating traditional craftsmanship into digital fabrication opportunities. Alternative production processes facilitate the access of these technologies to a broader public. Always inspired by human’s relation and connection to nature and technology, her latest works involve the use of biotechnology and chemistry principles, to rediscover colour and material properties.

Current projects

local color

Local Color

Local Color is a two-year project researching the conditions for a regenerative city that facilitates the growth of local biochromes to be used for closed-loop, local production on a small city scale.


Tracks4Crafts seeks to personify and define a crafts person 2.0. In this project, we seek a future-proof heritage approach that enriches crafts and makes them more resilient where possible, without losing the characteristic features of craft heritage.
Fabricademy IAAC Lab Barcelona


shemakes empowers future female innovators of the sustainable fashion industry through inspiration, skills and networks to bridge the gender gap in the textile and clothing sector.
TextileLab Amsterdam workshop


Culture.Fashion is an open, value-driven network of people and organisations who want to work together on a future-proof fashion sector in the Netherlands.
Biohacking - CRISPR-cas workshop Waag
Open Wetlab

Hybrid Lab Network

Hybrid Lab Network is a European consortium that improves and innovates STEAM education, particularly in the field of biosciences.
Reflow Pilot Textile


Reflow was a three-year European research project, looking into the flow of materials through our cities.
Fashion Clash Festival with Waag's Textile Lab


Fabricademy focuses on combining the knowledge of traditional and future craftsmanship to work towards new ways of designing and producing for the slowly changing textile and fashion-industry.
TCBL Photo Sewing Supplies

Textile and Clothing Business Labs

TCBL developed transformative business models for the textile and clothing sector in Europe.
Fab Academy

Fab Academy

The Fab Academy provides instruction and supervises investigation of mechanisms, applications, and implications of digital fabrication.

Closed projects



On the newly emerged Wadden island of Zaankogerland, historian Stientje Molenaar is researching worn and household textiles from after the Great Flood. It is the year 2090. Textile is the most precious possession in a person’s lifetime.
Craft in Abundance. Charlotte Bakkenes.

Craft in Abundance

In collaboration with TextileLab Amsterdam, designer Charlotte Bakkenes researches the importance and reinterpretation of traditional crafts techniques for the fashion industry. Aesthetics, crafts and technology together will lead to innovative materials, processes and techniques.


WearPure is material research project that explores how we can create new materials that actively purify the environment from CO2.
KABK - Master Industrial Design

Fabrics and Fabrication

Master Industrial Design students worked on design projects that focus on the unethical and environmental unfriendly realities of the current textile and clothing industry.
Detail of Joséphine Schmitt' s graduation project

Matérialités Futures

Matérialités Futures is a course at EnsAD during which students will learn about biofabricating dyes and materials from TextileLab Amsterdam.
Fabschoolino box
Maker Education Lab


Waag developed the Fabschoolino, a mini-computer you could solder together and program yourself.
TCBL round table workshop

TextileLab Amsterdam

The TextileLab Amsterdam is a lab for creatives interested in experimenting with craftsmanship, technology and digital fabrication for the textile and clothing industry.
Platform Maker Education
Maker Education Lab

Platform Maker Education

Platform Maker Education gave an impuls to the bottom-up maker education movement in The Netherlands.
Dutch Design Week - Embassy of Health

Dutch Design Week

Waag is a regular guest at the annual Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, with a main focus on the future of healthcare with the Embassy of Health.
Fablab Amsterdam

FabLab Amsterdam

At FabLab Amsterdam anyone can realise their ideas, and with the aid of digital equipment, transform those ideas into prototypes and products.