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Textile and Design Lab

The Textile and Design Lab (TDL) is a research and development centre at the AUT University engaged with design and innovation through new fashion and textile technologies for the purposes of research, product development, training and education.  A key objective of the TDL is to build capability and contribute to the development and value creation within the NZ design and textile industries.  Another aim is knowledge sharing which is achieved through hosting workshops, short courses, master classes, symposia and conferences.  The lab has invested in computer aided design systems, digital textile and garment printing, WholeGarment® and intarsia knitting machinery.  


We work with a range of industry partners and organisations utilising our design and technical expertise.  Access to the TDL is available to anyone wishing to carry out research and/or product development in the apparel and textile fields.  Students from both AUT and other tertiary institutes are welcome to access our facilities to produce their collections, for exhibitions and projects.  Researchers and research-led companies are actively encouraged to engage with the lab and push the boundaries of the lab’s technologies and expertise in their quest for innovation and knowledge.  Designers and commercial businesses are also welcome to work with us on the design and development of new products, prototyping, sampling and small-scale production.


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Upcoming Events & Courses
  • This 2 day course will give designers and those wishing to learn more about the technical side of electronic knitting an insight into the processes following the design stage.
  • This short course provides Intermediate Level computer skills for textile design and uses both Photoshop and Illustrator. It focuses on creating engineered prints for both fashion and textile applications using digital printing technology.
  • This short course provides Intermediate Level computer skills for textile design and uses both Photoshop and Illustrator. It focuses on creating repeating patterns for both fashion and textile applications using digital printing technology.
  • AUT’s Department of Fashion and Textiles, in partnership with the Textile and Design Lab, will be hosting the first ShapeShifting Conference scheduled for 14–16 April 2014. Visit www.shapeshifting.aut.ac.nz for full details.