TextileLab Amsterdam
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The TextileLab aims to bring about social change in the field of textiles, fashion and materials. She focuses on textiles from a variety of different angles. The lab conducts material research, which is stored in her material archive. She also researches current and historical manufacturing processes and breathes new life into age-old craft techniques. With the help of digital manufacturing and biotechnology, the lab develops new, innovative materials and conducts research concerning their concrete application. The TextileLab researches and promotes circularity, sustainability, and equality within the fashion industry. She also offers space and support to designers and artists.

The TextileLab bridges the gap between textiles and technology and brings innovation to the slowly changing fashion industry.

During the annual Fabricademy, the lab transfers her techniques, knowledge, and production processes to participants and strives to develop innovative business models. Fabricademy is a decentralised programme that occurs via distributed learning in dozens of labs across the globe. The TextileLab has developed portions of the Farbicademy curriculum and annually provides part of the lessons. In addition, the lab organises exhibitions and workshops, and its members regularly participate in debates. By making her strategies open-source and targeting all stakeholders in the textile chain, TextileLab bridges the gap between technology and textiles and brings innovation to the slowly changing fashion industry. She aims to create a strong community of makers, form connections, and support interdisciplinary approaches.

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.
Fablearn onderwijsconferentie

Innovating textile education for VMBO

Montessori Lyceum Amsterdam and Waag are innovating textile education by developing a learning line in textiles for students on the VMBO level.
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.
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.