Name, first nameKhalsa ChhailYear of birth1992UniversityHSLUField of Interest / research fieldTextile / Fashion DesignTitle of projectAnuvadAbstractANUVAD
Anuvad is the Hindi term for translate. Because this project involves transalting indian crafts using technology.
During my final Bachelgraduation project, I worked with a new prototype printing technology developed at Hochschule Luzern, Lucerne. My project brief involved with me working first hand with this technology to develop innovative surfaces, treatments and textures. The idea here was to create effects using the machine that could not be recreated using conventional printing techniques. The end result of my project was a collection of successful explorations which clearly describe the potential of the machine and this was done using both regular and smart ink pigments. Working on this project allowed me to explore and understand the world of applied design research. The machine challenges all our known boundaries in print design and allows us to open up to a plethora of possibilities in terms of application of form and colour onto a surface. The idea to combine smart inks along with a new technology opened up a new direction which also has innumerable possibilities a lot of which are also unexplored yet.
This only ignited my curiosity in the field of smart textiles further. The concepts are further explained as follows:
India has an amazing repertoire of crafts and handcrafted textiles, and this project would explore a new direction by combining crafts with smart materials. This would involve working towards marrying crafts and smart materials seamlessly to come up with interesting fabrics and products. Indian crafts have very strong aesthetics for themselves; the idea here would be to see if we can successfully combine Indian aesthetics with new-age materials, in a way that they can become a part of each other and work in coherence to perform a particular function. One example of this synchrony would be the following idea:
The fabric in the picture is a Bhujodi shawl, a very famous woven textile craft from Bhujodi, a village in Bhuj, Gujarat in the western part of India. This craft is basically a technique of extra weft woven on a base which is primarily wool. The patterns are made by counting the warp threads to weave in an extra weft on a hand-loom. One of the ideas to create smart textiles using this craft would be to weave conductive threads into the fabric and replace the mirrors with LEDs. Since this is a mainly handwoven craft, the pattern could be altered to form a continous circuit using conductive threads which would perform the function of lighting up the LED lights. This although is just one such example of combining the two concepts. This can be done using many other craft possibilities which India can offer.
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