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.
Discover the latest news from the Leeds Institute of Textiles and Colour.
How does your cotton t-shirt make its way into the ocean?
Catch up on our latest Global Challenges Podcast where we take a deep dive into why cotton could potentially be the most environmentally damaging fibre that is polluting our oceans on an enormous scale.
How much microfibre do we emit with our washing?
The UK’s laundry releases microfibres weighing the equivalent of up to 1,500 double-decker buses every year, according to new research.
LITAC academic joins board of major sustainable fashion foundation
A sustainable fashion expert is the first academic to be elected to the board of ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) Foundation, an organisation aiming to reduce the chemical impact of fashion production.
Converting coffee waste into biomaterial for the textile industry
Dr Giuseppe Tronci (Associate Professor at the School of Design) has recently been successful in securing funding by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) to research converting coffee waste into useful biomaterial for the textile industry.
A new space for the Leeds Institute of Textiles and Colour
A new base has been completed for the Leeds Institute of Textiles and Colour (LITAC) in the Clothworkers Central Building, with the management team due to move in this week.
Colour forecasting of the future
Colour forecasting is an important tool in the textile and retail industry; it informs the trends and decisions of future design seasons which can be essential to retailers.
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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.