What Is Textile Design?

Textile design is the art of manipulating the appearance of fabrics and other materials through traditional, stylized, digital and illusory techniques to make a product fashionable. Techniques for textile design include weaving, knitting, embroidery, lacing, beading and embossing.

Textile design involves a flair for artistry as well as technical skills to physically work with materials. There are many academic programs across the country that teach students how to take a design concept and turn it into a marketable product. Textile designers work closely with fashion designers and interior designers. In order to break into the industry, an aspiring textile designer needs to have an impressive portfolio and strong connections.