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Pollia explores the synergy of manual craftsmanship and machine precision and seeks for individual character in reproducible, machine-made woven textiles. The research draws inspiration from smocking, a technique that creates textured surfaces by gathering and stitching fabric pleats. By assigning weft threads within the design as drawstrings, the flat textile can be manipulated post-weaving using manual tension, resulting in a luminous, sculptural 3D structure. Retrieving its distinctive character from this imprecise manual intervention, no two identically re-woven pieces will ever be the same.

Pollia was developed in Textielmuseum|Textiellab during the Advanced Textile Program.

Second image made by Patty van den Elshout for Textielmuseum|Textiellab.

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