What are the possible applications of local resources in the textile industry?
The textile industry has become increasingly more harmful to the environment and goes together with frequent relocations. Thus, Atelier Luma seeks to develop innovative materials made of local resources from Arles and its surroundings.
Today, three main resources are under study inside our «atelier»: invasive species from the Camargue and the Alpilles, algae, and merino wool from Arles. The first two are of special interest for their technical properties (fibrous, colouring...) whereas the last one is worthy of consideration for its social and cultural dimension.
Exciting leads like the fabrication of new threads and textiles or the design of a process of extraction of a less polluting dye may provide solutions to the challenges associated with current textile production.
In order to experiment and make prototypes on site, Atelier Luma has equipped itself with a dyeing lab and sophisticated machines — weaving loom, tufting machine, needling machine — with which one may create meshes, weavings, non-woven fabrics, carpets and dyes.
// Years of research : 2018/2019
Designer textile / Project Manager, Atelier Luma
Researcher, Atelier Luma
Atelier Laines d'Europe
Saint Chaffrey, France
Brun de Vian-Tiran
Laboratoire Génie de Production