Swedish School of Textiles – which is a part of the University of Borås – where the creativity of art is combined with technology, with the school’s degree programs covering the entire field of textiles, from design through manufacturing to management and technology.
Swedish School of Textiles set up a very impressive state of the art knitting laboratory.
The program is divided into three areas: design, engineering, and management. The school’s facilities feature modern lecture halls and well-equipped laboratories that cater for everything related to textiles.
“Research is of a high international standard and focuses on sustainability – how can our research contribute to a better world? Together with international research networks, we take a closer look at consumer behavior, global markets, and how we can improve our recycling of clothing, as well as exploring new ways we can use textiles. This research is also integrated into our master’s programs. After graduation, students interested in research careers can apply for certain research programs,” the school explains.
The Swedish School of Textiles’ knitting laboratory is one of the utmost modern and well-resourced in Europe.
Three highly capable technicians, with extensive industry experience, support academic staff in providing a ‘base education’ to each of the 300 or so new students that join the school each year.
Education in the specialization of fashion and textile design, textile engineering, master’s students, exchange students, teaching programming and more advanced knitting, is all catered for.
The knitting laboratory also takes part in research and development projects. Prototype research for external companies and organizations from around the world is ongoing and the laboratory’s staff also guide Ph.D. students in specific research projects where knitting is an important discipline.
The circular knitting the laboratory is equipped with a total of fourteen machines, including a range of standard machines as well as more specialized machines like its Mayer & Cie metal knitting machine, Relanit 0.8, Harry Lucas ‘stent knitting’ machine, and Mayer & Cie OVJA E ‘extreme inlay/filling 3D’ machines. The laboratory’s latest investment is a Mayer & Cie OVJA 1.6 EE machine.
The laboratory has five flat knitting machines including Stoll CMS 822HP 5.2 knit and wear, specially equipped CMS 330TC 6.2, CMS 330.6 gauge 10, Shima Seiki SWG 091N Wholegarment machines. Its latest investment is a Stoll ADF 530KI gauge 7.2 (12-gauge needle hook).
The laboratory also has 20 Silver Reed, domestic handknitting machines and 20 Dubied industrial hand flat knitting machines.