Psychotextiles could be the next big thing in fabrics

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Psychotextiles can provide fascinating possibilities. By using a smart fabric, it means someone could choose a pattern to achieve a particular emotion – clothes that lift your mood or calm you down, for example; or wallpaper that can be manipulated to create a party atmosphere. It could be set to respond to the weather, to the time of day or year or whatever.

It could be a kind of “visual medicine” that becomes an alternative to the likes of antidepressants. Equally it might transform product manufacturing, engineering and the teaching of art and design. In future we might talk about psychoart, psychointeriors, psychomaterials and psychoarchitecture, to name only a few.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 13 Sept 2016


  • SMART Fabrics, psychotextiles,
  • Emotions, human brain, EEG, thermochromic, patter changing, visual brain, neuroscience


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