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Weaving with sustainable and recycled resources: an abundance of opportunities
The textile dyeing and manufacturing industry is one of the most polluting industries on the planet. At the same time, overproduction causes a lot of textile material to end up in landfill. What if we look at waste as resources for our next textile products? Enschede Textielstad is a sustainable weaving mill that only uses locally sourced recycled materials as resources for industrially woven textiles. All fabrics are produced with recycled yarns, such as recycled denim, recycled workwear and upcycled cotton.
Enschede Textielstad strives to make the production process as local and sustainable as possible, and does so by using only recycled yarns from European origin, not adding any dyestuff in the process and manufacturing by a production-on-demand model.
In this lecture Annemieke will tell the story of Enschede Textielstad and will show you examples of recycled yarns and the challenges she faces with weaving them into high quality cloth.
More information: en.enschedetextielstad.nl
Annemieke Koster, NL (1989) is the owner and founder of Enschede Textielstad. In 2013 she started the mill without any prior knowledge or experience in the textile industry. Following the disaster at the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh she thought it was necessary to improve not only the working conditions in the final stages of the supply chain, but reinvent the system as a whole, starting with the production of sustainable cloth. Annemieke studied Communication Science at Twente University and worked in the advertising business for a while before she quit her job to start a sustainable weaving mill in former textile city Enschede. The mill started with the purchase of two shuttle looms from a weaver in Haslach. At the moment Enschede Textielstad is housed within the last remaining weaving mill in Enschede where we has access to 38 industrial rapier looms and 2 recently acquired circular knitting machines. Enschede Textielstad is the first weaving mill in Europe that solely produces sustainable cloth. The cloth is suitable for both fashion and upholstery and is woven on-demand for fashion designers, interior brands and architects.