Leeds Institute of Textiles and Colour


The Leeds Institute of Textiles and Colour (LITAC) is a world leading research institute bringing together multi-disciplinary academic expertise in design, technology, science and engineering. We work collaboratively with partners globally to tackle important research challenges across textiles, colour and fashion.

Our expertise is built on a history of nearly a 150 years of research in textile technology and colour science, working together with industry, charities and Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) – including some of the world’s most well-known organisations and brands.

As a collaborative research institute, we work with partners to create solutions that address the needs of industry, society and the environment. We develop new materials, processes, manufacturing methods, digital tools and technology, and we inform decision-making.

Our work is supported by one of the most extensively equipped research facilities in the world.


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  • 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.

    ITMA 2023
8-14June 2023
Fiera Milano Rho
Milan, Italy 
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  • Future Fashion Factory Showcase 2023

    Taking place at Nexus at the University of Leeds on 30th June the Future Fashion Factory 2023 Annual Showcase will be a celebration of the impacts and partnerships from the five year programme..

    Nexus building reception, University of Leeds.