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Textile Studies

Textile Studies is the study and research of textiles ranging from common everyday jeans to historical textile treasures. Textiles and clothing are fundamental constituent parts of our material culture. Textile Studies subjects them to scholarly study across a range of fields of social activity. These include cultural history (everyday culture, one’s own culture and foreign cultures), the history of fashion and costumery, the history of production, technology and society, and the history of consumption, design, ecology and decoration.

Textile Studies aims to study the social significance of textiles and to deliver the educational methodology to teach children about them at school. Textile Studies focuses on the content of people’s material world and their way of life, thereby giving the field a high level of potential connectivity with other fields in subjects as diverse as intercultural education, image and fashion, health education, gender equality, globalisation or education for equal opportunities. 

The course curriculum is based on a scholarly and creative concept which is rooted in people’s everyday culture and lifeworlds and which examines people’s creative interaction with material culture. It uses textiles to teach fine motor skills that are under threat in an increasingly virtual world.

The particular appeal of the curriculum in the Bachelor phase is its interplay between individuals’ everyday experiences with textiles and clothing on the one hand, and scholarly study coupled with practical and aesthetic design on the other. This raises interesting questions about the interplay between production and consumption, economics, design and ecology.

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The latest news from the Department of Textile Studies


Exciting, diverse and surprising textile studies projects


An overview of all staff


Publications and releases


Doctoral theses and research projects

Videos and audio

Videos and audio recordings of projects

Examination regulations

Study and examination regulations for bachelor’s and master’s degrees

Final theses

Bachelor’s and master’s theses at the Department of Textile Studies

Job opportunities

Current vacancies


Information sheets, templates and forms for download


Current courses at the Department of Textile Studies

Principles and Structure of the Textile Value Chain

Textile Technical Processes and Textile Design Processes (Parts I+II)

Overview of seminars

The cultural history of textile design, sustainability, textile production, consumption, teaching methodology, digitalization and the textile value chain are just some of the topics addressed in seminars at the Department of Textile Studies.


Excursions offered by the Department of Textile Studies

Textiles in Context

Textiles in Context module / Context examination

Examination in Theory and Practice

The Examination in Theory and Practice (PMP) enables students to demonstrate their ability to methodically apply the knowledge and skills acquired during the program in the context of a set topic, and to document the implementation process.

Academic writing

Information on how to write an outline and produce academic work

Stichpunkt display gallery

Stichpunkt display gallery presented by Textile Studies

Stichwort online publication

Stichwort online publication created by Textile Studies


Information related to the coronavirus

Masques perdus

Masques perdus – a diary of lost masks