I have woven a garment for the Future Textiles exhibition at the Palace of Westminster. The garment integrates LED yarn technology into the structure of woven fabric. Designed in conjunction with Dr Katherine Townsend and Anura Rathnayake (PhD Research student & yarn developer), the garment is woven by hand in a single piece. A seamless tube construction, with loom based neckline shaping means that, with the exception of hem & neckline sealing, the top is wearable straight from the loom.
This approach to garment construction aims to reduce material consumption and waste, as cutting waste and seam allowances are virtually eliminated. The Future Textiles project collaboration was undertaken as part of my MA studies at Nottingham Trent University, where I intend to further develop the single component garment concept for sustainable performance and sportswear applications.