Leeds Institute of Textiles and Colour


Leeds Institute of Textiles and Colour (LITAC) is a collaborative, multi-disciplinary research institute addressing global challenges in colour, fashion and textiles through research and innovation, as well as teaching. We are particularly focused on the development of innovative science and technology, materials, methods and processes. Technology-driven sustainable development is a major part of our work. 

We are collaborative and international in our outlook and work with business, governments, NGOs and policy makers. 

LITAC is built on a heritage of nearly 150 years of teaching and research in colour and textiles on the same site in Leeds, and we are proud to have been supported by The Clothworkers’ Company since our original founding in 1874.

LITAC brings together world-leading research capabilities in design, science and engineering. Our centres include the Future Fashion Factory (FFF), the 3D Weaving Innovation Centre (3DWIC) and the Clothworkers’ Centre for Textile Materials Innovation for Healthcare (CCTMIH)

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  • One year at LITAC

    September marked the first anniversary of LITAC. It has been a busy year for our new Institute, so we have taken the time to pause and reflect on our activities so far.

    Overseeing one of the new high-tech knitting machines in the School of Design's 3D Weaving Innovation Centre
  • LITAC announces partnership with Magnum

    The brand is commissioning a research project with LITAC to further their commitment to bring accessible, sustainable fashion using by-products from its core ingredients.

    Haute couture 3d fashion design
  • Turning food waste into green beauty

    Food processing waste, such as canning water, is now being developed into eco-friendly packaging, sustainable cosmetics and other high value commercial products.

    Mandarin picker
  • The future of footwear

    Future Fashion Factory community member Hylo is leading the way in accelerating environmental change in the athletic footwear market.

    A cream-coloured trainer being laced up.
  • Revolutionary dyeing process wins prestigious Circular Future Fund prize

    Leeds Institute of Textiles and Colour in collaboration with the School of Chemistry, are developing a solution to separate dyes from fibre, enabling easier recycling of the polyester.

    Black laundry care washing instructions clothes label on blue jersey polyester sport shirt
  • The tragedy of the fast fashion landfill

    Listen to Mark Sumner, an expert in sustainable fashion speak to Channel 4 about how the West's addiction to fast fashion is leaving an environmental disaster in West Africa.

    Picture of landfill with a digger


Register for the latest events from the Leeds Institute of Textiles and Colour.

  • ITMA 2023 - Transforming the World of Textiles

    LITAC is a supporting organisation of ITMA 2023, the world’s largest international textile and garment technology exhibition. ITMA is the place where the entire textile manufacturing value-chain meets every four years to source the latest innovations, collaborations and insights.

    08-15 June
Milan, Italy
Source, collaborate and future proof your business
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