Creating new uses for coarse British wool and exploring the potential of nanotechnology to bring new functionality in textiles are just some of the projects that are underway at a new textile research centre, which was established at the University of Huddersfield last year.

Professor Parik Goswami is the founder and director of the Technical Textiles Research Centre, which aims to re-establish the town and region as a world leader in textiles by harnessing the latest technology and manufacturing techniques.

“At the heart of this ambition is our passion for the textile industry that gave Huddersfield its global reputation for excellence and innovation,” he says, underlining that the centre is building on the town’s textile heritage, but also its expertise in chemistry and engineering.

“Through the adoption of novel textile chemistry, combined with engineering expertise and digital technologies we can help UK textiles recapture an increasing share of global markets,” explains Parik.

In this interview for British Textile Week, Parik explains he is working on a number of projects that aim to revolutionise the textile and apparel supply chain in the UK, including the Future Fashion Factory with the University of Leeds and the Royal College of Art.

He is also looking at broader ways to identify new opportunities for the textile industry beyond those that were previously thought possible.

Period10 Sep 2020

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  • TitleUKFT British Textile Week
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletUKFT
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    DescriptionUKFT is launching British Textile Week from 9-15 September 2020 to provide a digital showcase of the craftsmanship, creativity and technical skills of the UK textile industry.

    UK fabrics are highly sought after by the world’s most prestigious designers, tailors and fashion brands as the starting point for their collections, while our homegrown flair for printed, woven, knitted and embroidered textile design blends creativity with commerciality.

    During the week, we’ll tell the stories of some of the British textile companies that would normally be at international apparel fabric trade shows during the month of September, as well as putting the spotlight on some of the pioneers and leaders in our field.

    Each day will have a theme, and the week will feature a series of online articles, images, interviews, case studies, videos, seasonal trends and more.

    UKFT is co-ordinating the project, with the generous support of The Clothworkers’ Company and the Campaign for Wool.

    Sign up to the UKFT newsletter here for more and follow #britishtextileweek to get involved.
    PersonsParikshit Goswami