AaltoTEXTILES is a network linking all textile-material related activities within design, technology and business at Aalto University and showcasing the versatility and high artistic level of textile design at the School of Art, Design and Architecture.

AaltoTEXTILES acts as a facilitator for cross-disciplinary work in the context of sustainability and creativity.

AaltoTEXTILES is an active knowledge network generating new research projects and organizing collaboration with companies, both in the national and international context.

F/T Futures

The Fashion/Textile Futures research group explores new perspectives on human-centered design research. A strong research focus is on sustainable and circular fashion and textiles.


The main objective is to inspire students and researchers to explore biomaterials together and to create new concepts for the future use of cellulose and other biomaterials.


High-quality textile fibres from wood and other cellulosic materials
several projects since 2013

Multifunctional materials design

The Multifunctional Materials Design research group focuses on experimental studies of soft materials, as well as inorganic-organic hybrids.


The New Road to Silk: Bio-based production of silk-like materials
Academy of Finland 2017–2020


Autonomously adapting and communicating modular textiles

Beyond e-textiles

Nordic network on smart light-conversion textiles beyond electric circuits

Wearable Systems Lab

Wearable Systems Lab provides facilities for developing and testing prototypes of eTextiles-based wearable devices and augmented/virtual/mixed reality applications and devices.


Master’s Programme in Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design — Holistic thinking, creativity and innovation at the core of Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design

Aalto Fashion

A creative community that studies diverse aspects of fashion.


Aalto University’s spring fashion events have established their position in the world’s fashion, clothing and textiles sector.

28 May, 2021
online: aalto.fashion

Textiles Tomorrow Summit

The summit brings together an international network of textile educators to discuss the future of textiles and share their knowledge and expertise.

30 October – 31 October
+ 1 November, 2019
Aalto University, Espoo


The versatility and high artistry of textile design at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture

21 – 27 May, 2018
Kaapelitehdas Turbiinisali, Helsinki


An open and collaborative space provides facilities for hands-on material lead exploration and making, student exhibitions, public lectures and events.



Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture
Department of Design
Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design

Kirsi Niinimäki
Associate Professor, Fashion Research
Head of F/T Futures

Pirjo Kääriäinen
Associate Professor, Design and Materialities 

Maarit Salolainen
Professor (Adjunct) , Textile Design and 3D Surface Design
Head of Master's Programme in Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design
Aalto University School of Chemical Engineering (CHEM)

Herbert Sixta
Professor, Chemical Pulping Technology
Head of Biorefineries

Michael Hummel
Associate professor

Ali Tehrani
Associate Professor, Textile Chemistry

Jaana Vapaavuori
Assistant Professor, Functional Materials 
Head of Multifunctional Materials Design

Marja Rissanen
Senior Researcher, Textile Engineering Specialist
Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering (ELEC)

Yu Xiao
Assistant professor, Mobile Cloud Computing

Emmi Pouta
Doctoral Candidate, Woven e-Textiles
Aalto University School of Engineering (ENG)

Jouni Partanen
Professor, Advanced Production Technologies

Sven Bossuyt
Associate Professor, Mechanics of Materials
Advanced Manufacturing and Materials