Textile Design Theory in the Making

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Textile design inhabits a liminal space spanning art, design and craft. This book explores how textile design bridges the decorative and the functional, and takes us from handcrafting to industrial manufacture. In doing so, it distinguishes textiles as a distinctive design discipline, against the backdrop of today's emerging design issues.

With commentaries from a range of international design scholars, the book demonstrates how design theory is now being employed in diverse scenarios to encourage innovation beyond the field of design itself. Positioning textiles within contemporary design research, Textile Design Theory in the Making reveals how the theory and practice of textile design exist in a synergistic, creative relationship.

Drawing on qualitative research methods, including auto-ethnography and feminist critique, the book provides a theoretical underpinning for textile designers working in interdisciplinary scenarios. Beautifully illustrated with 40 images, it unites theory and texts from the fields of anthropology, philosophy, literature and material design.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing Company
Number of pages256
ISBN (Electronic)9781350061576, 9781350061583
ISBN (Print)9781350061569
Publication statusPublished - 12 Aug 2021


  • Textiles
  • design theory
  • design research
  • Design
  • autoethnography


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