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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  • 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.

    Textile machine making red cloth
  • 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.

    Coffee beans
  • 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.

    Leeds Institute of Textiles and Colour office - boardroom
  • 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.

    Multiple colour umbrellas under a blue sky
  • 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


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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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