Textile Lab

Through its «Textile Lab», Atelier Luma formalizes its will to explore textile design and flexible materials.

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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

Project team

  • Axelle Gisserot

    agisserot@luma-arles.org | Textile Designer / Project Manager, Atelier Luma

    Arles, France

  • Adeline Weppe

    Researcher, Atelier Luma

    Arles, France

  • Marie-Thérèse Chaupin

    Atelier Laines d'Europe

    Saint Chaffrey, France

  • Association Merilainos

    Reillanne, France

  • Brun de Vian-Tiran

    Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France

  • Agromat

    Tarbes, France

  • Laboratoire Génie de Production

    Tarbes, France

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