Il broccato dei telai a torre di Chengdu

L’allevamento del baco da seta in Cina ha avuto origine nel Sichuan più di 4000 anni fa quando Chengdu era la capitale del regno di Shu. E proprio con questo nome, Shu, viene chiamato  il broccato con origini più  antiche da cui tutti gli altri si sono poi evoluti.

Il broccato è un particolare tipo di tessitura che permette di ottenere delle illustrazioni complesse, alternando fili molto sottili di seta, che danno l’impressione di essere ricamate su stoffa.

Il commercio dei tessuti di broccato si articolò attraverso la via della seta, in tutta l’Asia e in Europa a partire proprio da Chengdu, in cui la manifattura della seta (dall’allevamento dei bachi fino alla confezione degli abiti) e il suo commercio si sviluppò fino a raggiungere, nella dinastia Qing, la diffusione di 10 mila telai e più di 2000 laboratori attivi.

Nel 2009 ha inaugurato il Chengdu Shu Brocade and Embroidery Museum, su iniziativa della Chengdu Silk Corporation, azienda statale che dagli anni ’50-’60 ha organizzato la produzione utilizzando telai meccanici perché il costo della manodopera era diventato eccessivo, e l’utilizzo di telai completamente manuali non riesce a superare una produzione di 6-8 centimetri al giorno di broccato. Continue reading Il broccato dei telai a torre di Chengdu

Corso di Wearable ed eTextile a Milano!

Dal 9 al 24 Ottobre insieme a Giorgia Petri, tengo la prima edizione del corso di 90 ore sul tema di Wearable ed eTextiles. Il nostro è uno dei vari corsi nella sezione Digital Design & Making curati da WeMake all’interno della Fastweb Digital Academy a Cariplo Factory.

Il corso è gratuito perchè supportato da Fastweb e Fondazione Cariplo, ma è a numero chiuso: le candidature sono aperte in questa pagina.
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A distributed academy on Fashion and Tech starting in September

Fabricademy is a transdisciplinary course that focuses on the development of new technologies applied in the textile industry, in its broad range of applications, from the fashion industry and the upcoming wearable market.
After participating to the bootcamp coordinated by Anastasia Pistofidou and Cecilia Raspanti at Fablab Barcelona, WeMake Milan became one of the official nodes taking part to Fabricademy and I will also be curating the module on Circular Open Source Fashion !  Check the other modules and subscribe (deadline August31st).

Unlike other academies, Fabricademy offers an innovative distributed rather than distance educational model: students learn in local workgroups, with peers, mentors, and machines, which are then connected globally by content sharing and video for interactive classes. The individual labs are supported and supervised regionally by supernode sites with more advanced capabilities, expertise, and inventories.

Have any question? Drop me an email info(at)dazoescope.com

Exploring Citizen Engagement on The Next Generation Internet

In April and May 2017, Atomium – European Institute for Science Media and Democracy (EISMD) run a citizen engagement and media campaign on the issue of The Next Generation Internet as the latest deployment of the REIsearch Platform. The campaign was developed in collaboration with leading European research organisations, media, policy makers and stakeholders from both the public, private and third sector with the aim of:
– create a responsible and informed multi-stakeholder debate on the issue;
– create and promote access to reliable information on the issue;
– increase inter-disciplinary and inter-sectoral debate;
– collect and analyse results to deliver to researchers and policymakers;
– bridge the gap between science, society and policy;
– increase dialogue and discussion between science, media, society and policy.

The results of the campaign were presented in Brussels, on the 6th and 7th of June 2017, during the Next Generation Internet Summit held with the intention to support the European Commission to build a strategy together with leading policy makers, renewed innovators, researchers and citizens to foster the development of the internet, as a powerful, open, data-driven, user-centric, interoperable platform ecosystem, for the benefit of citizens and companies.

Read the report in PDF.

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Textile Academy bootcamp in Barcelona

Fabricademy is a new textile academy  functioning on the same principles and infrastructure of the global Fab Lab network, but focused on new alternative materials, processes and techniques related to textiles, wearables and soft fabrication. The class will be launched in September 2017, with a top level faculty and an extensive program of 13 weeks, followed by two months of individual project development. Many labs around the world have already expressed interest in participating to this program and it will be opening soon students applications. The course is planned to be carried out all over the world with local and remote sessions. Continue reading Textile Academy bootcamp in Barcelona