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Light-emitting textile display with floats for electronics covering

Inese Parkova (Institute of Textile Material Technologies and Design, Riga Technical University, Riga, Latvia.)
Ivars Parkovs (R&D Department, Saftehnika JSC, Riga, Latvia.)
Ausma Vilumsone (Institute of Textile Material Technologies and Design, Riga Technical University, Riga, Latvia.)

International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology

ISSN: 0955-6222

Article publication date: 2 March 2015




Flexible light-emitting textile display is designed with floats for electronic elements covering and electronic contacts insulation what at the same time provides an opportunity to develop aesthetic design of the display in the single piece construction of material. The paper aims to discuss these issues.


Display consists of interwoven electrically conductive yarns, non-conductive yarns and SMD LEDs connected to conductive yarns. Industrial jacquard weaving machine have been used, weave patterns were designed in PC-Edit software.


Weave can be used as a tool to build and evolve electrotextile. Exploring weaving techniques and perceiving electronic circuit as a weave pattern, new approaches can be developed in electrotextile design field.

Research limitations/implications

Connections of electronic elements and conductive textile materials still is actual problem what should be explored in further research.

Practical implications

Flexible light emitting textile display can be used as output interface integrated into communication clothing by representing different animated images directly on clothing. Display also can be used for accessories, room and auto interior etc. applications.


Paper describes method of light source integration directly into textile structure, combining functional and visual design of textile display.



This work has been supported by the European Social Fund within the project “Support for the implementation of doctoral studies at Riga Technical University”. Electrotextile was designed in Smart Textiles Design Lab at The Swedish School of Textiles (Borås, Sweden). Thanks to Fredrik Wennersten and Linda Worbin.


Parkova, I., Parkovs, I. and Vilumsone, A. (2015), "Light-emitting textile display with floats for electronics covering", International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology, Vol. 27 No. 1, pp. 34-46.



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