A textile or cloth is a flexible material consisting of a network of natural or artificial fibres (yarn or thread). Yarn is produced by spinning raw fibres of wool, flax, cotton, hemp, or other material to produce long strands. Textiles are formed by weaving, knitting, crocheting, knotting, or felting.


Laura Muth tells about her current research into different kinds of leather during her internship at our TextileLab.


Visualised: the talks and exhibition held at Waag in the field of fashion, textiles and materials on March 7th, 2019.


No lack of attention for the people of our TextileLab. They are now featured in a video of circular platform Circl in Amsterdam.


Ista Boszhard and Cecilia Raspanti of TextileLab Amsterdam are the winners at Future Fashion Pioneers.


Ista Boszhard took part in a roundtable discussion during the Budapest Central European Fashion Week.


Students of the Master Industrial Design (MID) programme at the KABK have followed a BioPlastics workshop in the Waag.


Discovering Waag – one event at a time. Hannah de Bruijn visits our Thursday evenings and reports about what goes on on these events.


With BioShades we explore the potential of dyeing with bacteria as a less harmful alternative in TextileLab Amsterdam. This BioShades event exists of a workshop and talkshow during which we explore dyeing with bacteria together!


Ane Baztarrika researched traditional Japanese pigment dyeing, which uses soybeans and earth pigments, at our TextileLab Amsterdam.


After last years' Textile Academy, we now announce a new program made in collaboration with FabTextiles and Academany: the first edition of the Fabricademy, a new textile academy. It will begin at the TextileLab of Waag and other selected laboratories worldwide on the 26th of September 2017.


A guest blog by Karlijne Opmeer about her work at the TextileLab and Open Wetlab and her experiences using bacteria for textile dyeing.


Recently, scientist Tessa Luijben and designer Margherita Soldati started their (graduation) research in the TextileLab. An update!


One of our Textile Academy participants, print and pattern designer Laura Luchtman, made a recap of the second Textile Dialogue: "Working in this industry? On our conditions." The guest speakers were: Roosmarie Ruigrok from Clean & Unique, Janne Kromhout from Min Design and Veerle Luiting (business developer sustainable fashion), Peter van Akkeren from Saint Basics and Annemieke Koster from Enschede Textielstad. Roosmarie thinks that people who want to change the industry focus too much on innovation of materials instead of focusing on people.


As part of the TCBL project, Waag's TextileLab Amsterdam opened only three months ago. We explore the possibilities driven by values like openness, fairness, curiosity, combining craftsmanship and digital fabrication and placing our work in a broader context by questioning and working together with the fashion / textile industry and people from other fields.



Dynamic Skin

When creating Dynamic Skin, Neffa drew its inspiration from topographies of the human body and microbiome. In simple terms, Dynamic Skin collects and stores solar energy and uses that energy to generate warmth or light, forming its own metabolism. In the same way that the human body consumes food and uses that energy to power movement, Dynamic Skin collects and stores solar energy and uses it to generate warmth or light.


Amsterdam has e new creative workspace. After its official opening TextileLab Amsterdam—located on the Nieuwmarkt—will be open to those who want to experiment with new forms of textiles, clothing, materials, and digital fabrication.


On 19 September 2016, the first edition of the Textile Academy begins. The Textile Academy is a 16 weeks course (two full days a week), during which you will learn about the techniques, processes, machines, and tools that impact the designing of both textiles and clothing.


Can the human body be a source of materials for the textile industry? Can we innovate ancient techniques and apply them in the 21th century wool industry? At the TextileLab Amsterdam, Joeke van der Veen explored the potential of using human resources to improve the textile industry.


In the Textiles and Clothing Business Labs project, Waag works with partners from all across Europe to share knowledge while exploring alternatives for the textile and clothing industry.


For the Textiles & Clothing Business Labs project, we (Cecilia Raspanti and myself) went to Paris to visit the bi-annual Première Vision and Hall Couture, an initiative by Alice Gras.


It was probably one of the largest one day events that we ever organized: ZigZag. And everything went so well: the weather was good, dozens of successful creative workshops and of course the large numbers of children, teachers, parents and other interested people that visited the Nieuwmarkt square in Amsterdam that day in September 2014. Of all the imagery we created a publication (text in Dutch) that gives a good idea how it was like.


On December 21, 2014 Jeugdland / Maakland was transformed into a true Winter Wonderland. The whole outdoor area was available for kids to do all sort of ‘make’ activities. The WEAVE workshops were also part of the programme.


When visiting Rome this year you are invited to visit the Explora museum, where you will encounter a photo exhibition of the ZigZag project that was held last year in Amsterdam, Rome and Sofia. The best photos of the three locations have been selected and printed on a big canvas on display at the museum. The opening of the exhibition is on 30 January 2015 and the photos can be seen for the rest of the year.


In October 2014 we organized a two-day OpenKnit Machine workshop within the Crisp Smart Textile Services project in collaboration with TU/Eindhoven and Gerard Rubio.


On 5 September 2014 the Nieuwmarkt square and the Waag building form the background for ZigZag and a world of textiles: knitting, weaving and felting and not only the classic crafts, but combined with new technology!


The whole Nieuwmarkt square will be transformed into a world of textiles. But, what makes it extra special?


For the project WEAVE we took over the Nieuwmarkt in Amsterdam for an entire day on September 5h, 2014. During the kids festival ZigZag, we created a world with textiles together with children between 3 and 12 years old, Dutch artists and students.


With the ZigZag event of the project WEAVE we will be taking over the Nieuwmarkt in Amsterdam for an entire day in September. During this festival, we create a world of textiles, together with young children and students. We can use some help (and inspiration) creating this new world! That's why three different Dutch designers are going to help us out: Antoine Peters, Marina Toeters and Samira Boon.


For the project WEAVE / ZigZag we travelled to Bulgaria last week, to exchange knowledge about the textile and heritage workshops that Waag, Explora (children's museum in Rome) and Art Land (Bulgarija) have developed lately. The project aims to secure (European) craft heritage for the future in the field of textiles. We think technology plays an important role in this and would like to bring this to the youngest generations.


Three artists help us design the ZIgZag children's festival which evolves around experimenting with textiles. We introduce Samira Boon, who speaks about 3D textiles, future dreams and her first memory of art.


FAKE IT/MAKE IT is the title of the third CRISP magazine, this issue is completely about prototyping in the design process.


Three artists help us design the ZIgZag event which evolves around experimenting with textiles. We introduce Antoine Peters,who speaks about what inspires him, and his earliest memories of art.


The Design Academy Eindhoven and Waag organized a workshop on 4 March, 2014 about Product Service Systems (PSS) design in the age of digital fabrication - Who's designing now? This workshop aimed to explore this area with examples from Japan and Europe/N-America, and discussions about how to understand these in a PSS context.


This week, our colleagues from Explora (Rome) and Art Land (Sofia) visited us to work on the creative concept of the textile workshops and festival that we cooperatively will develop and organize for the WEAVE project.


On the18th of December 2013, a group of researchers, (fashion) designers, developers, entrepreneurs and healthcare professionals gathered in the historic Anatomical Theatre.


Zag is the new face of ZigZag, a project for children, families and schools, about (smart) textiles, knitting, weaving, felting, crafts and heritage.


In the COMMIT/TOUCH project Waag is working towards solutions that help people to maintain their social relationships in a subtle, pleasant and intuitive way through tangible interactive objects.


Producing shoes with a 3D printer (Pauline van Dongen) or getting a sneak preview of the latest fashion items on your smartphone and simultaneously feel the fabric. The mystical combination of technology and fashion is making waves in the design world. Technology opens up endless possibilities. But what does this new techno-fashion combination mean for the role of designers and the future of couture?


The Sample Book made at Fablab Amsterdam includes samples of materials and new technologies to communicate the potentials to textile and fashion designers working at our Fablab.


How would you use a 3D printer, ricepaper and liquorice wheels to represent a system that encourages people to learn more about the origins of the food they eat? What if fruit, vegetables and cheese could ‘talk’ to you and tell you where they come from and how you can prepare them?


In a crowded Waag building, our workshop Beta Textiles, fabric and code took place on Friday 29th June, 2012. Fashion designers, architects, interaction designers, programmers and textile makers came together to find interesting combinations of fabric and technology. Thus were six mannikins dressed with creations like a self-shortening dress, a ‘pretty fly for a WiFi’- music waistcoat, or a garment that keeps you warm when walking around outside.


During the DEAF 2012 festival, project manager Isjah Koppejan saw some fine examples of the results that you get if you combine traditional textile crafts and modern manufacturing technology.