University of Leeds

The Leeds Institute of Textiles and Colours (LITAC)

Launched in 2021, the Leeds Institute of Textiles and Colour (LITAC) is a world leading research institute. It brings together multi-disciplinary academic expertise in design, technology, science, and engineering. The institute works collaboratively with partners globally to tackle important research challenges across textiles, colour, and fashion.

LITAC's expertise is built on a history of nearly 150 years of research in textile technology and colour science, working together with industry, charities, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) – including some of the world’s most well-known organisations and brands.

As a collaborative research institute, LITAC works with partners to create solutions that address the needs of industry, society, and the environment. For example, working with the School of Design University of Leeds (and Leeds Institute of Textiles and Colour), the UK Fashion and Textile Association, LITAC will manage generous scholarships available to applicants of the Innovative BSc Textile Innovation and Sustainability. Scholarships that would not have been possible without the generous funding of Textile Livery Group and other textile-related charities.

LITAC develops new materials, processes, manufacturing methods, digital tools, and technology, and informs decision-making. LITAC is comprised of three centres of excellence, including the 3D Weaving Innovation Centre (3D WIC), Clothworkers’ Centre for Textile Materials Innovation for Healthcare (CCTMIH), and Future Fashion Factory, as well as a consortium of over 200 academics at the University of Leeds.

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