Textile and Clothing archives can be an important source of inspiration for the design of contemporary collections. Unfortunately, however, there have been huge losses of industrial archives due to de-industrialization together with a substantial lack of a culture of conservation in the industry. Fortunately, some more structured companies have maintained their historical archives, but in most cases these are poorly accessible, ending up as unproductive clutter.
Today, this material – sample books and data sheets, in the case of textiles – - is of great value. By preserving the manufacturing memory of the area and of individual companies, it contributes almost unconsciously to the preservation and transmission of the 'know-how' and the enormous wealth of tacit knowledge of a T&C district. Above all, when it is properly stored, catalogued and digitized, making it available for consultation both internally and third parties, it can represent a significant resource for designers.
A special issue of the TCBL_zine is under preparation for all of the Business Cases, with publication scheduled for #TCBL_2017 in Athens on June 20th. To access the Call for Papers for the issue on Digital Heritage, click here.
For further information on the Digital Heritage Business Case, contact Besnik Mehmeti.