aut textile and design lab
The TC2 loom enables us to develop a wide range of woven materials for a multitude of applications using varying yarn types and counts including conductive, spun, mono-filament and multi-filament. It can produce sample fabrics up to 70 cm wide and up to around 5 metres in length making it ideal for sampling, rapid prototyping and product development. Since the loom was commissioned in early 2020, it has been continually occupied with research and development work with our research partner organisations as well as independent designers who are turning their ideas into reality. PhD student, Mitali Nautiyal, has taken ownership of the loom using her existing knowledge and skills to create digital design work, prepare warps and operate the loom, which is capable of conventional woven designs as well as recreating photographic imagery, which is embedded into the textile.
The lab commissioned its TC2 digital weaving loom in January 2020, the first of its kind in New Zealand. The loom combines digital warp selection with manual weft insertion making it an ideal research and development resource for producing modest quantities of innovative woven materials, including smart fabrics. The lab also offers workshops to enable interested parties to learn about weaving theory, design and the weaving process after which participants are able to book time on the loom to carry out their own fabric research and development work.