Active Textile Tailoring

Self-Assembly Lab, MIT + Ministry of Supply + Hills Inc, + Mechanosynthesis Group, MIT + Iowa State U.

MIT’s Self Assembly Lab and MIT-born apparel company Ministry of Supply have developed a new system called Active Textile Tailoring. This demonstrates a completely new system for “smart” textiles in which its fibers change shape and structure in response to heat and moisture, unlocking a new wave of customization of fit and aesthetic. This technology was developed in collaboration with the Self-Assembly Lab, MIT, the Mechanosynthesis group at MIT, Ministry of Supply, Hills Inc. and Iowa State, and with support from the federal non-profit Advanced Functional Fibers of America (AFFOA).

Self-Assembly Lab, MIT:
Lavender Tessmer, Carmel Snow, Sophie Richter, Schendy Kernizan, Jared Laucks, Skylar Tibbits

Ministry of Supply:
Gihan Amarasiriwardena, Aman Advani

Mechanosynthesis Group, MIT: John Hart

Iowa State Team:
Rui Li, Guowen Song

Hills Team:
Tim Robson, Jeff Haggard