Creative Design: Professional

Upcycling approach to designing to highlight traditional weaving and knitting techniques.

  • Carol J Salusso (Washington State University)
  • Yitan Ji (Washington State University)


Our co-design research was focused on balancing looking forward to the

future while looking backward over the past. To protect our future, designers

need to emphasize sustainable practices. However, sustainability as a design

approach often lacks the visual impact needed to entice wearer investment.

Upcycling is a promising contemporary sustainability strategy for converting

waste materials innovativly into new products with better quality instead of

just reusing. Looking to the past in apparel and textile design nostalgically

looks to the Arts and Crafts Movement where traditional hand structuring of

textiles and apparel were honored techniques. Thus, the purpose of this

design process was to create an original design that integrated upcycling of

used textiles with use of traditional crafts for textile and apparel structuring.

How to Cite:

Salusso, C. J. & Ji, Y., (2018) “Upcycling approach to designing to highlight traditional weaving and knitting techniques.”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 75(1).

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Published on
01 Jan 2018
Peer Reviewed