Printed cashmere by Iona Crawford

Iona Crawford

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Research Themes
Design Innovation

GSA Research Centres
Centre for Advanced Textiles (CAT)

Partner Organisations
Iona Crawford

Scottish Funding Council’s Innovation Voucher scheme

The Centre for Advanced Textiles (CAT) at The Glasgow School of Art is leading the way in developing new techniques for printing on fabric.

Printing on fine textiles such as cashmere and linen is challenging and past results have not been of sufficient quality for the high-end fashion market. Research in partnership with Scottish fashion designer Iona Crawford, and funded by the Innovation Vouchers scheme, enabled CAT to develop a process to digitally print onto cashmere. This research was completed in 2010, and Iona Crawford showcased a new collection of garments on the finest base fabric which used CAT’s state of the art printing facilities.

This process required the fabric be pre-treated with chlorine in Italy. CAT is currently building new partnerships with UK companies to develop an alternative process that is more sustainable and avoids the use of chlorine.

The Centre for Advanced Textiles combines technology, research and practice. CAT provides cutting-edge facilities for textile design education, operates a commercial service bureau for industry and individuals, and seeks to investigate the aesthetic, technical and commercial opportunities presented by digital textile printing. CAT also promotes the cultural and economic significance of design and its influence by disseminating research to a wider audience within the textile industry and Higher and Further Education.