Programmable Plaid – The Search For Seamless Integration In Fashion And Technology

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Our latest project @Jorge & Esther: Programmable Plaid – A seamless integration of fashion and technology.

The work presented celebrates traditional tartan patterns and their design parameters, as well as the numerous technological achievements in woven textiles.  Programmable Plaid is a woven textile (as applied in the garment presented) with the capability to illuminate threads in both warp and weft directions. The project investigates the creation of garments for day-to-day use, which is a use-case probably never considered when developing off-the-shelf electronic components. In developing a new tartan pattern and fabrication technique, we respond to the lack of purpose-made electronic components by choosing to evolve tradition into technology. Manufacturing techniques and components for the proposed textile have been carefully considered, researched, and contrasted to our previous work, as well as recent trends in the field of wearable technology. The garment is a component of a tartan pattern generating system which searches the space of all registered tartans in order to find relevant, but yet unregistered tartan color and thread count combinations from a variety of inputs either embedded on the dress, or from a mobile phone.

Like Lüme, the Programmable Plaid textile can be used when the electronics are not enabled.


The pattern can be driven by any number of inputs and display any desired color combination.


For more information about how to commission a project using our textile, please contact us.

We are honored to receive the Jury Prize in the Fibre Arts category at the International Symposium of Wearable Computers 2016

Photo: Ksenia Zakharova
Model: Maria Kuptsova

Publication details:

Elizabeth Esther Bigger and Luis Edgardo Fraguada. 2016. Programmable plaid: the search for seamless integration in fashion and technology.. In Proceedings of the 2016 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing: Adjunct (UbiComp ’16). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 464-469. DOI: