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.
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LITAC works collaboratively, bringing together the University’s academic expertise in areas related to textiles and colour.
Cutting-edge research related to colour, fashion and textiles to find solutions to global challenges.
The Clothworkers’ Company and the University of Leeds have a rich history dating back to the foundation of the Yorkshire College of Science in 1874.
Discover the latest news from the Leeds Institute of Textiles and Colour.
Future Fashion Factory community member Hylo is leading the way in accelerating environmental change in the athletic footwear market.
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.
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.
LITAC member Dr Muhammad Tausif explores in his new paper the impact of key fibre types and yarn structures (rudimentary elements of textiles) on fragmented fibre release during laundry.
University of Leeds experts have taken part in a short documentary produced with His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales for the Campaign for Wool.
Textiles 2030 is WRAP’s ground-breaking initiative, harnessing the knowledge and expertise of UK leaders in sustainability to accelerate the textiles industry’s move towards circularity in the UK.
Facts and figures
£5.8bn UK textile manufacturing sector produces £5.8bn of materials
Triple Demand for raw materials is expected to triple by 2050
4,200 Businesses manufacturing textiles in the UK